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Freshford to become part of Bath parliamentary constituency?

posted 13 Sept 2016, 00:47 by Parish Council Communications
The Boundary Commission's initial proposals for the review of constituency boundaries put Freshford into the Bath constituency.

Here is the wording from the Boundary Commission.

Initial proposals for the Somerset, and Bath and North East Somerset sub‐region 

66 There are currently seven constituencies in the sub‐region comprising the County of Somerset and the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset, four of which have an electorate within 5% of the electoral quota. Two of the existing constituencies (i.e. those of Bath, and North East Somerset) have electorates that fall below the lower 5% limit, and one of the existing constituencies (Bridgwater and West Somerset) has an electorate that is above the upper 5% limit. We do not propose to alter the allocation of seven constituencies for this sub‐region. 

67 It is possible to create five constituencies wholly within the County of Somerset, each with an electorate within 5% of the electoral quota, with minimal change to the existing constituencies. However, that would leave Bath and North East Somerset, which is too small to continue to form two constituencies. 

68 We propose to extend the existing Bath constituency by including the three Bath and North East Somerset district wards of Bathavon North, Bathavon South, and Peasedown. We propose extending the existing North East Somerset constituency by including six Mendip district wards, including the town of Shepton Mallet. Four of these wards are in the existing Wells constituency, and two are in the existing Somerton and Frome constituency.