Boundary Commission for England - 2023 Parliamentary Boundary Review

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) published their new proposals for Parliamentary Constituencies on 8 June, giving an initial 8 week response period ending on 2 August 2021.    We are circulating the link to the consultation so that you have the opportunity to respond if you wish. The details of the consultation, with a full set of maps and data which you can access are on the BCE website:

2023 Review | Boundary Commission for England (independent.gov.uk)

The overall timetable for the consultation is below and more detail about how the consultation is being carried out can be found here: 

Guide to the 2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies | Boundary Commission for England | Page 4 (independent.gov.uk)

One hard copy of the relevant documents has been deposited in each proposed constituency and these will be at Bognor Regis Library for the Bognor Regis constituency and Littlehampton Library for the Arundel and Littlehampton Constituency

 

BCE Overall Timetable

  • Initial proposals published by the BCE on 8 June 2021
  • 8 week initial consultation period to follow inviting written representations – there will also be public hearings across the South East Region, further details to be provided on this, once the initial representations have been published  
  • Early 2022 - Written representations received will then be published by the BCE and further written comments can be made over a 6 week period
  • Late 2022 - Boundary Commissioners will then develop revised proposals for each Region and a Notice will be published with the outcome
  • Further period of 4 week consultation with written representations able to be made
  • Final recommendations and report are then submitted to Government and laid before Parliament – deadline is 1 July 2023
  • New constituencies will be in place for next planned Parliamentary Election in May 2024

 

Overview Map

For your information please find an overview of the new constituencies compared to the current boundaries  (the new Bognor Regis constituency in cream and the new Arundel and Littlehampton constituency in red):  Proposed Constituencies within Arun[pdf] 160KB

 

Detailed maps of the proposed constituencies

Arundel & Littlehampton constituency:  Arundel & Littlehampton Constituency Detailed Map.pdf [pdf] 3MB

Bognor Regis constituency:  Bognor Regis Constituency Detailed Map.pdf [pdf] 2MB

 

There are a number of other different maps available with different overlays on the BCE website.

 

Should you wish to respond to the BCE, they are very clear about how they would like to see responses presented and their guidance states:

“Those who respond to the consultation are requested to say whether they approve of, or object to, the BCE’s proposals. In particular, objectors are advised to say what they propose in place of the BCE’s proposals. An objection accompanied by a viable counterproposal is likely to carry more weight than a simple statement of objection. In this respect – and particularly in light of the importance of Rule 2 (statutory electorate range) – a counterproposal setting out the composition of each constituency in an area will generally be viewed as more persuasive than a proposal for the composition of only one constituency which does not address any knock-on effects on the electorate figures of neighbouring constituencies.”

Please bear this in mind if you make a response.   Essentially – there needs to be a rationale for your views which takes into account the impact on neighbouring constituencies as the key parameter is the number of electors in each constituency.     The BCE is keen to gather all views at this stage, supportive and otherwise, so not just objections.

The  BCE website sets out how to use the website and make responses: How to use this site | BCE Consultation Portal (bcereviews.org.uk)