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Boundary proposals go on show in Burnley

Release date: 
Tuesday, 13 September, 2016

People are being encouraged to take part in a consultation to help shape the future of Burnley’s Parliamentary boundary.

The 12-week consultation is part of a national review of Parliamentary areas – those which an MP represents rather than borough or other boundaries.

Maps showing the proposals affecting Burnley and surrounding areas, plus further information and booklets, are available to view at Burnley Town Hall reception.

In Lancashire it is proposed to reduce the number of constituencies by two, to 14.

In the borough of Burnley the proposal is to move Gawthorpe, Hapton with Park (covering Padiham) and Coalclough with Deerplay wards into what is now Hyndburn, but change the constituency name to Accrington.

The Burnley constituency would expand northwards, taking in eight wards currently in Pendle and stretching up to, and including, Brierfield and Nelson.

The changes would not affect the borough boundaries or representation on Burnley Council.

The Boundary Commission for England is considering constituency areas across England as part of a periodic review of the boundaries of all Parliamentary seats. The overall aim is to have constituencies that have between 71,031 and 78,507 people eligible to vote living in them.

The consultation will run until 5th December and anyone with an interest and/or views on the proposals is encouraged to use the opportunity to help shape the future constituencies.

The Boundary Commission is due to make its final report in September 2018. Any changes would come into effect at the next scheduled general election in 2020.

The website www.bce2018.org.uk has more information about how to respond as well as details of where and when public hearings will be held.

You can also follow the Boundary Commission on Twitter @BCE2018 or using #2018boundaryreview

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