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In Lancashire, North West, redistricting on October 11, 2011 by dadge

This review area covers the districts of Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Burnley, Pendle, South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire.  The 8 districts are entitled to 7 seats between them, which means that unfortunately the seats don’t quite fit into district boundaries, with one exception: Chorley.

The geography of East Lancashire creates a phenomenon I call the Clitheroe Wheel. My proposal for the area is shown in map A. The hills behind Clitheroe all form part of a Pendle and Bowland seat. You can gradually “turn” the seats clockwise, so that in map B, Longridge is back in the Ribble Valley seat but this has had a knock-on effect round the wheel. If you turn the wheel further still, you arrive at what the Commission is proposing, with a Ribble Valley seat that includes all of the rural area and none of Hyndburn.

So, why am I proposing to turn the wheel so far to the left? Well, I think the main flaw in the Commission’s proposals is the splitting of Burnley, and putting Burnley back together means that Pendle has to be combined with Bowland. Also, the split-Burnley option is hard to reconcile with my proposal to pair Darwen with Ramsbottom (instead of the Commission’s proposal to pair Bacup with Rochdale).

Burnley also needs a couple of wards from somewhere – in map A it’s from Pendle (Brierfield) and in map B it’s from Rossendale (Bacup). Burnley and Bacup is a bit of a stretch, and would mean that Whitworth would need to be put in with Rochdale, with knock-on effects down through Oldham and Tameside.

Is Pendle-Bowland better than splitting Burnley? I think so, just about. Although it looks odd for Clitheroe to be separated from much of its hinterland, that’s the situation that existed up to 1974, when the Forest of Bowland was in Yorkshire.

PENDLE & BOWLAND 74,887
Barrowford 4,092
Blacko and Higherford 1,476
Boulsworth 4,228
Bradley 4,390
Clover Hill 3,693
Foulridge 1,373
Higham and Pendleside 1,406
Horsfield 4,004
Marsden 2,577
Old Laund Booth 1,233
Southfield 3,929
Vivary Bridge 4,118
Walverden 2,672
Waterside 3,866
Whitefield 2,560
Coates 4,165
Craven 4,246
Earby 4,813
Alston and Hothersall 2,092
Chipping 1,109
Derby and Thornley 2,463
Dilworth 1,998
Ribchester 1,338
Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley 1,166
Bowland, Newton and Slaidburn 1,074
Chatburn 1,113
Gisburn, Rimington 1,135
Waddington and West Bradford 2,558
   
BURNLEY 78,141
Brunshaw 4,986
Cliviger with Worsthorne 4,383
Coal Clough with Deerplay 4,126
Gannow 4,381
Gawthorpe 4,751
Hapton with Park 4,727
Rosegrove with Lowerhouse 4,836
Rosehill with Burnley Wood 4,521
Trinity 3,968
Whittlefield with Ightenhill 4,846
Bank Hall 4,339
Briercliffe 4,595
Daneshouse with Stoneyholme 3,801
Lanehead 4,510
Queensgate 4,233
Brierfield 3,677
Reedley 4,217
Read and Simonstone 2,134
Sabden 1,110
   
   
ACCRINGTON & ROSSENDALE 80,021
Barnfield 3,360
Central 3,713
Huncoat 3,499
Milnshaw 3,506
Peel 3,182
Baxenden 3,288
Church 3,228
Spring Hill 3,553
Cribden 2,842
Eden 2,868
Goodshaw 3,218
Greenfield 4,510
Helmshore 4,686
Longholme 4,220
Worsley 4,436
Facit and Shawforth 2,888
Greensclough 4,544
Hareholme 4,205
Healey and Whitworth 2,966
Irwell 4,053
Stacksteads 2,837
Whitewell 4,419
   
CLITHEROE 79,951
Billington and Old Langho 2,374
Clayton-le-Dale with Ramsgreave 2,127
Edisford and Low Moor 2,269
Langho 1,924
Littlemoor 2,398
Mellor 2,242
Primrose 2,442
St Mary’s 2,328
Salthill 2,526
Whalley 2,927
Wilpshire 2,113
Wiswell and Pendleton 1,098
Bamber Bridge East 3,678
Bamber Bridge North 3,609
Bamber Bridge West 3,429
Coupe Green and Gregson Lane 2,869
Samlesbury and Walton 3,251
Walton-le-Dale 3,005
Altham 4,055
Clayton-le-Moors 3,688
Netherton 3,365
Overton 4,988
Immanuel 3,550
Rishton 5,143
St Andrew’s 3,408
St Oswald’s 5,145
   
SOUTH RIBBLE 76,686
Broad Oak 3,418
Charnock 2,805
Earnshaw Bridge 2,756
Farington East 2,302
Farington West 3,375
Golden Hill 3,598
Howick and Priory 3,157
Kingsfold 3,166
Leyland Central 2,793
Leyland St. Ambrose 3,671
Leyland St. Mary’s 2,911
Little Hoole and Much Hoole 3,302
Longton and Hutton West 4,635
Lostock Hall 3,005
Lowerhouse 3,046
Middleforth 2,837
Moss Side 2,808
New Longton and Hutton East 3,643
Seven Stars 2,857
Tardy Gate 2,856
Whitefield 2,879
Hesketh-with-Becconsall 3,155
North Meols 3,223
Tarleton 4,488
   
WEST LANCASHIRE 74,717
Ashurst 4,827
Aughton and Downholland 4,533
Aughton Park 3,179
Bickerstaffe 1,752
Birch Green 2,995
Burscough East 3,346
Burscough West 3,938
Derby 4,454
Digmoor 3,007
Halsall 1,743
Knowsley 4,420
Moorside 2,726
Newburgh 1,640
Parbold 3,131
Scarisbrick 3,030
Scott 4,527
Skelmersdale North 3,062
Skelmersdale South 5,006
Tanhouse 3,329
Up Holland 4,969
Wrightington 3,414
Rufford 1,689
   
CHORLEY 79,612
Adlington and Anderton 5,530
Astley and Buckshaw 3,275
Brindle and Hoghton 1,770
Chisnall 3,259
Chorley East 4,751
Chorley North East 4,833
Chorley North West 4,792
Chorley South East 4,793
Chorley South West 5,808
Clayton-le-Woods and Whittle-le-Woods 5,863
Clayton-le-Woods North 5,014
Clayton-le-Woods West and Cuerden 3,357
Coppull 4,762
Eccleston and Mawdesley 4,851
Euxton North 3,552
Euxton South 3,224
Heath Charnock and Rivington 1,777
Lostock 3,428
Pennine 1,725
Wheelton and Withnell 3,248
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