Thursday, October 27, 2022

Final consultation opens on Wales’s new constituencies

* The newly-proposed Clwyd East constituency including Llangollen at the bottom of the map.

* The new constituency map of north and mid Wales. 
Clwyd East is at number 14. 

The Boundary Commission for Wales has published its revised proposals for re-shaping the map of Welsh Parliamentary constituencies which will come into force at the next general election.

As well as publishing its proposals, the commission has opened a consultation period, closing on November 15, during which the public can share their views on the proposed constituencies.

Under rules set out in the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 (as amended) each constituency proposed by the Boundary Commission for Wales must contain between 69,724 and 77,062 electors.

The Revised Proposals see changes to the majority of constituencies initially proposed by the Commission in September 2021, and changes are proposed to every existing constituency.

That includes Clwyd South which currently includes Llangollen.

Under the commission’s proposals the town will form part of a new Clwyd East constituency of 76,395 electors compared to Clwyd South’s 77,062.

This new constituency also includes areas such as Ruthin immediately to the north of Llangollen, Llanarmon-lal/Llandegla to the immediate north as well as parts of Flintshire such as Leeswood, Northop, Mostyn, Caerwys and Ffynongrow up towards the coast, Mold and Prestatyn .

The proposals mean that areas not far from Llangollen, such as Corwen and Glyn Ceiriog, will be included in a separate new constituency called Montgomeryshire/Glyndwr. It was also include Rhos, Cefn, Acrefair and Johnstown.

The boundary review began in January 2021 and the commission is required to submit its full recommendations to Parliament on July 1, 2013.

The proposals were created following two separate consultations and five Public Hearings since the commission’s initial proposals were published.

The commission says it considered several factors in developing its proposals, as well as the statutory range of electors.

Geography (such as lakes, rivers, and mountains) was an important consideration, as was current boundaries such as local authority and ward boundaries. The commission also considered local ties, such as shared history and culture as it developed its initial proposals.

The commission is now inviting comments on its proposals as it launches its final four-week consultation period. Members of the public are encouraged to send in their views, whether they support or oppose the proposals.

The commission has however stated that it has no power to set the number of MPs, which was decided by Parliament, and will not be able to consider arguments around the number of constituencies in Wales.

An online consultation portal at features the proposals in full, and members of the public can submit their views directly through the portal.

Deputy Chair of the Commission Mrs Justice Jefford DBE said: “The Commission received 1,367 written and 81 oral representations on the initial proposals.

“Public hearings were held across Wales to enable members of the public to express their views on the initial proposals and to suggest how they could be amended and improved.

“The commission is extremely grateful to all those who took the time to contribute.

“As a result, the commission has revised the initial proposals. It has proposed changes, often significant changes, to 22 of the 32 proposed constituencies.

“It has also proposed different names for nine of the constituencies. There is now an opportunity to make representations on these revised proposals before the Commission makes its final report on proposed Parliamentary constituencies in Wales.”

Following the consultation period, the commission will assess the representations received and submit its final recommendations to Parliament in July 2023.

The final recommendations will come into effect automatically at the next scheduled General Election.

* People can take part in the consultation by emailing or writing to The Commission in the post at Boundary Commission for Wales, Hastings House, Cardiff, CF24 0BL.

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