After its original consultation at the end of 2017, and further one at the beginning of 2018, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has now concluded its Review and made its recommendations; click here for the complete Review.
RCPC is pleased that its preferred option of a specific Rowlands Castle Ward, including Finchdean and Idsworth, represented by one district cllr has now been recommended. The boundary of the Ward mirrors that of the Parish boundary. RCPC had submitted responses to this end, stressing that the strong and very separate ‘community identity’ of Rowlands Castle made it inappropriate to include it in any larger Ward(s) with Horndean. RCPC is grateful to local cllrs and residents for supporting it in these views.
The recommendations must now be approved by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force LGBCE’s recommendations – will be laid in Parliament. Subject to parliamentary scrutiny, the new electoral arrangements will come into force at the local elections in 2019.