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Local government in Hampshire

In local authorities, News on August 8, 2016 by dadge

A consultation is underway on the future of local government in the Hampshire county area. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, the proposals that have been put forward for consideration are a real dog’s dinner, with huge and strangely named districts. It’s clear from just how bad the options are that the prime motivation for any change is not improving democracy (Ha!) but saving money. Of course saving money is a good idea, but quite a lot of money can be saved by introducing a sensible system of unitary authorities – it’s quite insulting to treat people as unworthy of LOCAL government.

Here’s my proposals for unitary authorities:

Hants

1. Southampton 245,000
2. Portsmouth 210,000
3. New Forest 177,000
4. Fareham & Gosport 195,000
5. Havant & East Hants 240,000
6. Winchester & Eastleigh & Test Valley 370,000
7. Basingstoke & Hart & Rushmoor 360,000

If preferred, districts 6 and 7 could be divided in two.

Thinking outside the box, why not give consideration to a combined Christchurch & New Forest authority?

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2018 Review: Central Scotland

In News on July 30, 2016 by dadge Tagged: ,

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West Dunbartonshire 77006
East Dunbartonshire 71846
Clackmannan & Stirling North 74113
Grangemouth & Stirling South 71812*
Cumbernauld 72889* (includes Banknock (PDs 325 & 330) 2693 voters, and Bonnybridge (PDs 520 525 530) 5900 voters)
Monklands 77228
Falkirk & Linlithgow 73544
Livingston 78053
Wishaw & Whitburn 78424*
Motherwell 77859*
Lanark 77404* (includes Ferniegair)
Hamilton 78305* (includes Burnside)
East Kilbride & Rutherglen 77991*

Glasgow Craigton 73347* (includes Kennishead)
Glasgow Cathcart 74012*
Glasgow Scotstoun 71996* (includes Kelvinhaugh)
Glasgow Bridgeton 76415*
Glasgow Maryhill 74218*
Glasgow Provan 76365* (includes Royston)

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2018 Review: South Scotland

In News on July 30, 2016 by dadge Tagged: ,

South Renfrewshire 77180
Paisley 77920*
Inverclyde 75885* (includes NP06 Ferguslie Park 2380)
North Cunninghame 76827
South Cunninghame 72365
Kilmarnock & Cumnock 71824
Ayr 73853

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Dumfries & Galloway 76394* (includes East Dumfries part of Lochar ward 09A2/B2/H3 3192)
Roxburgh, Selkirk & Annandale 72456*
East Lothian 76153
Berwick & Peebles 71570
Midlothian 73173* (includes Craigmillar)
Edinburgh East 71944*
Leith & Queensferry 77438*
Edinburgh South 75334
Edinburgh West 74294* (includes Hillside)

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2018 Review: North Scotland

In News on July 29, 2016 by dadge Tagged:

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Caithness, Sutherland & Cromarty 77938
Ross, Skye & Inverness 76334
Argyll & Bute 73889
Banff & Buchan 77582
Moray 78294*
Gordon 74328* (includes Rothiemay and Grange)
Aberdeen North 78274
Aberdeen South 71961
Montrose 76952
Forfar 77988
Dundee 76317
Perth 72831
South Tay 75957
Glenrothes & Kinross 75077
Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath 73323
Dunfermline 78254

* estimate

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2018 Review: Scotland

In News on July 29, 2016 by dadge Tagged:

Scotland is a different proposition from England and Wales. The Scottish boundary commission have a very different attitude from their southern counterparts. They prioritise respect for local-authority boundaries, and to that end they split as many wards as necessary. To begin with they split their task up into groups of council areas, and I have done so as follows:

Highland, Argyll, Moray: 4:08 > 4 seats
Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee: 5.07 > 5 seats
Aberdeen: 1.99 > 2 seats
Perth, Fife: 4.98 > 5 seats
Stirling, Clackmannan, Falkirk, North & South Lanark, West Lothian: 11.12 > 11 seats
West & East Dunbartonshire: 1.98 > 2 seats
Glasgow: 5.92 > 6 seats
North, East & South Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Renfrew & East Renfrew: 6.98 > 7 seats
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway: 7.86 > 8 seats
East Lothian: 1.01 > 1 seat

There’s a slight imbalance between the groupings, especially a one-ward imbalance between the Central and Edinburgh areas, but the boundaries between the areas can be crossed if necessary. The same goes for Glasgow, which could take in a ward from outside the city, possibly Stathkelvin or Giffnock, but it’s good to avoid this if possible.

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There is an alternative arrangement in the south of Scotland as follows:
Stirling, Clackmannan, Falkirk, North & South Lanark, Renfrew & East Renfrew: 11.95 > 12 seats
Dumfries & Galloway, North, East & South Ayrshire, Inverclyde: 5.95 > 6 seats
Edinburgh, Mid & West Lothian, Borders: 8.06 > 8 seats
This has a better balance of electorates but I’ve found it more difficult as a basis for creating good constituencies, so for the tme being I’m sticking with the first set of groupings above.

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2018 Review: South Wales

In News on July 26, 2016 by dadge Tagged: , , ,

I’ve had a lot of “fun” with South Wales. There are several complex subareas:
– Neath, Port Talbot, Bridgend and Ogmore
– Rhondda Cynon Taf
– Caerphilly, Merthyr and Blaenau Gwent
– Newport
and my plan is one of many reasonable solutions to the constiuency map of Glamorgan and Gwent.

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Gower 73525
Swansea 78192
Ogmore & Aberavon 75955
Neath 78463
Bridgend 74335
Cardiff West 75563
Cardiff North 78187
Cardiff East 74128
Barry 76984
Rhondda & Aberdare 77674
Pontypridd 78033
Caerphilly 76429
Merthyr & Rhymney 75250
Newport 72537
Blaenau Gwent 72958
Torfaen 77367
Monmouth 78101

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2018 Review: Mid Wales

In News on July 21, 2016 by dadge Tagged:

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Powys 76254
Ceredigion & Preseli 76978
Pembroke 77942
Llanelli & Carmarthen 76985
Cwm Twrch 74948

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