After its original consultation towards the end of 2017, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has now come back with further draft recommendations for specific parts of the District, including Horndean/Rowlands Castle. These further recommendations are open for consultation until 5 March 2018 and can be found by following this link:
Residents can have their say on the consultation at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/9704
or by writing to The Review Officer (East Hampshire), LGBCE, 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London SW1P 4QP or email: email@example.com.
- At present, there is a Rowlands Castle Ward, which includes Rowlands Castle but not Finchdean and Idsworth, and is represented by a single District Councillor.
- In 2017, LGBCE proposed that Rowlands Castle Ward be enlarged to include Finchdean, Idsworth and parts of Horndean to the east of the A3(M) including Blendworth, to be represented by 2 District Councillors.
- Now, LGBCE is proposing a new, even larger, Ward of Horndean Kings, Blendworth & Rowlands Castle (including Finchdean and Idsworth) to be represented by 3 District Councillors.
The LGBCE claims these new recommendations reflect local residents’ feedback but they are very contrary to those views expressed by RCPC and local district councillors. RCPC is working with local district councillors to respond to these new draft recommendations. In particular, LGBCE would be interested in evidence of ‘community identity’ if there were to be a specific Rowlands Castle Ward, including Finchdean and Idsworth, represented by one district cllr – this is RCPC’s preferred option. See here for RCPC’s Response to LGBCofE Further Draft Recommendations and here for RCPC’s accompanying Appendix.
LGBCE’s final report is due to be published on 7 April 2018 and at that point the Review will conclude. There is no route of appeal for anyone who is unhappy with the final decision.
You can see RCPC’s response to the original consultation here and all the submitted responses by clicking on the ‘Consultation on draft recommendations’ drop-down menu at this link: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/hampshire/east-hampshire.