Ward shuffle proposed between Reading East, Reading West and Wokingham

A Katesgrove Polling Station

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) proposes to transfer the Maiden Erlegh ward, currently in the Wokingham parliamentary constituency, into Reading East and the Mapledurham ward from Reading East to Reading West.

In 2011, the BCE was tasked by parliament to reduce the number of parliamentary constituencies in England and Wales from 533 to 501 and require that all constituencies, except on the Isle of Wight, have an electorate of between 71,031 and 78,507.

The BCE have proposed widespread change across the country, including the abolition of some constituencies and merging them with their neighbours, although this is has not been proposed in Reading.

In addition to the shuffle of Reading wards, the BCE recommends moving the West Berkshire ward of Aldermaston into the Wokingham constituency.

The public have been invited to comment by 5 December 2016. There will also be public hearings; the nearest to Reading will be at Guildford Harbour Hotel, 3 Alexandra Terrace, High St, Guildford, GU1 3DA on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 October.

Katesgrove and Redlands wards are in the Reading East parliamentary constituency, and Whitley ward is in Reading West; no changes are proposed to any of these wards. The proposals affect parliamentary constituencies only, not local authorities like Reading Borough Council. The MP for Reading East is Rob Wilson (Conservative) and Reading West is Alok Sharma (Conservative).


Links

  1. Boundary Commission for England
  2. BCE 2018 review, Reading
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