MP welcomes rethink on political map plans

MP Rosie Winterton.  Picture: Andrew Roe
MP Rosie Winterton. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A borough MP has welcomed new draft proposals to redraw Doncaster’s political map – after backing a campaign to prevent a village being cut in half.

Rosie Winterton said the officials proposing the boundary changes had been shown “persuasive evidence” before altering their plans.

But the Doncaster Central MP is now urging residents to take part in a further consultation on the issue.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) unveiled their scheme to alter ward boundaries last year, reducing the total number of councillors in the borough.

The initial plans meant Edenthorpe would be separated into two electoral wards.

Now LGBCE have announced a further amended proposal which would see Edenthorpe preserved as one entity and represented by two councillors.

Rosie said: “I made a submission to the LGBCE asking them to reconsider their draft proposals and to keep Edenthorpe together.

“They have said that in light of the persuasive evidence presented to it, the commission will be making several changes to the recommendations.

“These will be subject to a further consultation which will close on 24 October.”

The original plans meant people living north of a boundary line along Thorne Road would have been part of a new Barnby Dun with Kirk Sandall ward, served by two councillors. Those south of the line would have been inside an expanded Armthorpe ward, served by three councillors.

Rosie has arranged a meeting to be held on Wednesday October 8, at 7.40pm, at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Church Balk, Edenthorpe, to discuss the new proposals.

Rosie added: “I am delighted that the Boundary Commission have listened. However, they have not yet finalised their recommendations.

“It is therefore important that people respond to this further consultation to support this change. Representations can be made in writing to reviews@lgbce.org.uk.

“I’d now urge people in Edenthorpe to take part in the new consultation.”

Visit the website at www.lgbce.org.uk to view the new proposed boundaries.