The 2018 Boundary Review - Initial Proposals for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries
On 13 September 2016, the Boundary Commission for England published its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries with a view to reducing the total number of constituencies in England from 533 to 501, with each constituency having an electorate no smaller than 71,031 and no larger than 78,507.
In Lincolnshire, the proposal is retain the seven current constituencies, two of which would remain unchanged (Gainsborough and South Holland and the Deepings), and two constituencies to be changed to reflect local government and ward boundaries (Grantham and Stamford and Louth and Horncastle). More substantial change is required in the remaining three constituencies to achieve electoral equality, including the Boston and Skegness constituency.
The current parliamentary electorate for the Boston and Skegness constituency is 66,250, significantly less than the number required under the review rules. Therefore, to address the electoral imbalance, the Commission has proposed that the Boston and Skegness constituency be extended to take in part of the current Sleaford constituency, namely the two electoral wards of Kirkby la Thorpe and South Kyme and Heckington Rural, thereby increasing the total electorate to a projected 71,989.
The initial proposals are subject to a 12 week consultation period and full details can be viewed on the Boundary Commissions website at www.bce2018.org.uk. A copy is also available for public inspection at the main reception desk in the Municipal Buildings.
The Boundary Commission will also be holding public hearings in each region of England between mid October and mid November. The hearings will provide an opportunity for people to make representations about the initial proposals for that region and present any counter-proposals. Written representations may also be sent to the Boundary Commission for England at 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ or via the website www.bce2018.org.uk