No to Littleport being in No-rfolk, council says

No to Littleport being in No-rfolk, council says

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The council has said no to Littleport becoming part of Norfolk under a radical shake-up of Parliamentary boundaries.

During a full council meeting last week, East Cambridgeshire District Council agreed to ask the Boundary Commission for England to review its controversial plans for new constituency boundaries which would see Littleport becoming part of a new Norfolk constituency.

In September last year Spotted in Ely broke the news that Littleport could become part of South West Norfolk under the parliamentary boundary reforms.

The Boundary Commission is now in its second phase of consultation.

Initial proposals for new parliamentary boundaries split East Cambridgeshire across three constituencies.

The majority of the district was placed into South East Cambridgeshire, Downham Villages and Sutton formed part of North East Cambridgeshire constituency with Fenland, and Littleport was included within the new South West Norfolk constituency alongside wards from Breckland and King’s Lynn.

Although minor amendments have been made to the southern section of the proposed South East Cambridgeshire constituency, the boundaries affecting East Cambridgeshire are unchanged from the initial proposals.

ECDC is suggesting an alternative constituency arrangement that would keep Littleport part of the North East Cambridgeshire constituency.

Councillor Anna Bailey said “We believe that the current proposals by the BCE are not in the best interests of our residents, especially those in Littleport.

“By living, working and providing services to the area, we are one of the best positioned organisations to offer an alternative that truly supports the needs of Littleport and our district.”

Cllr Bailey urges residents to have their say on the consultation, which closes on Monday, December 11.

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You can also follow the Boundary Commission for England on Twitter @BCE2018 or using #2018boundaryreview.