STOP! Don’t split up Leigh-on-Sea
Southend's Parliamentary constituencies are set to change, and this is going to have a big impact across the Borough and our communities.
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is redrawing the map of Parliamentary constituencies in England and has decided that West Leigh and Eastwood Park should no longer belong in Southend West. Instead, they propose that West Leigh is represented by the MP for the Castle Point constituency (which already covers Canvey Island, nearly all of Benfleet plus Hadleigh) and Eastwood Park become part of the Rochford & Southend East constituency.
The changes aim to make the number of voters in each constituency more equal. However, the proposed change to move West Leigh and Eastwood Park out of Southend West will split up close-knit communities.
Just see what Cllr Carole Mulroney, Southend Borough Cabinet Member for Environment, Culture, Tourism & Planning says:
This reorganisation won't change your local services or your Town or Borough Councillors. But your Parliamentary Constituency could change. If you live in West Leigh, you will be represented by the MP for Castle Point, and for Eastwood Park residents your MP will be Rochford & Southend East. Changes are also proposed for the middle of the town, with Milton, St Luke's & Victoria going to Southend West, whilst St Laurence goes to Rochford & Southend East.
However, there is still time to act and make sure that your voice is heard. The Boundary Commission for England is holding a consultation on what residents think of these proposed changes. They promise to consider every piece of feedback that they receive.
To submit your feedback, go to www.bcereviews.org.uk; go to Eastern Region to see the plans and you can 'Make a Comment' to Have Your Say. If you are unable to submit feedback online, please write to the Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ.