Wakefield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster

In redistricting, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Yorks/Humber on October 20, 2011 by dadge

This is a toughie. The theoretical entitlements are as follows:

Wakefield 3.29
Barnsley 2.30
Rotherham 2.50
Doncaster 2.88
Total 10.96

Doncaster can just about be reviewed on its own (the average size for its 3 seats is 73,468) but I included it in this group just in case.

The large ward electorates in this area make redistricting very difficult. I’ve managed it with only 2 split wards, but a couple of the seats aren’t perfect and might justify a bit more splitting.

The most difficult seat to deal with was Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford. (Perhaps this isn’t surprising – it caused quite a bit of trouble at the last Review.) It’s too big and if you trim the rural fringe off it it’s still too big. the best solution I could come up with was to take Normanton out (including Altofts) and put Featherstone in. The new Wakefield seat is also too big, so I’ve put Wakefield South ward, and the Portobello PD from Wakefield East ward, in the Normanton seat. Wakefield Rural ward becomes part of the Penistone seat.

(My plans in the Wakefield and Dewsbury areas aren’t perfect, but almost anything is better than the Commission’s plan, which splits Wakefield, Batley, Dewsbury, Spen and Normanton and has six seats that cross borough boundaries.)

The strange shape and composition of the Wentworth & Dearne seat is caused by ward sizes. If you put the borders of the Barnsley and Rotherham seats where you think they should go, the numbers just don’t add up. The Rotherham seat is particularly bad, and probably justifies a split ward to get Rawmarsh out and Greasbrough in.

(Edit: On reflection, my Rotherham seat isn’t so bad. The ward boundaries (pdf) make very little sense around Rotherham – for example the Silverwood ward includes bits of Rawmarsh and Bramley – and my plan doesn’t split too many communities.)

As you can see, in the end I left Doncaster as it is – there was no benefit from combining it with one of its neighbours.  Transferring Maltby from Rotherham would improve the constituencies a bit, but at the expense of two split wards and an orphan ward.

Castleford Central and Glasshoughton 12,039
Featherstone 12,702
Knottingley 10,621
Pontefract North 12,088
Pontefract South 12,090
Airedale and Ferry Fryston 11,625
Altofts and Whitwood 12,512
Altofts -2,143
Lee Brigg -2,814
Crofton, Ryhill and Walton 12,244
Hemsworth 11,963
Wakefield South 10,561
Portobello 1454
Normanton 12,309
Altofts 2,143
Lee Brigg 2,814
Ackworth, North Elmsall and Upton 12,665
South Elmsall and South Kirkby 13,352
Horbury and South Ossett 12,111
Ossett 12,753
Wakefield North 10,765
Wakefield West 11,234
Stanley and Outwood East 12,079
Wrenthorpe and Outwood West 11,670
Wakefield East 11,163
Portobello -1454
Conisbrough and Denaby 10,454
Edlington and Warmsworth 10,412
Hatfield 10,080
Rossington 10,093
Thorne 10,650
Torne Valley 10,006
Finningley 11,979
Armthorpe 10,898
Balby 11,098
Bessacarr and Cantley 11,306
Central 10,567
Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall and Barnby Dun 10,636
Town Moor 10,021
Wheatley 9,348
Adwick 10,672
Askern Spa 9,818
Bentley 9,888
Great North Road 11,681
Mexborough 11,390
Sprotbrough 9,628
Stainforth and Moorends 9,778
Central 7,760
Monk Bretton 8,256
Old Town 8,405
Royston 8,315
St Helens 7,692
Kingstone 7,598
Wombwell 8,565
Darfield 7,953
Stairfoot 8,394
Worsbrough 7,533
Hoyland Milton 9,163
Rockingham 8,670
Darton East 8,389
Darton West 8,317
Dodworth 7,886
Penistone East 9,180
Penistone West 8,992
Wakefield Rural 13,505
Hoober 8,942
Keppel 9,286
Swinton 8,937
Wath 9,094
Wingfield 9,016
Dearne North 8,059
Dearne South 8,923
North East 9,848
Cudworth 8,117
Anston and Woodsetts 8,940
Dinnington 9,284
Hellaby 9,205
Holderness 9,470
Maltby 9,040
Rother Vale 9,075
Sitwell 9,466
Wales 8,588
Boston Castle 9,024
Brinsworth and Catcliffe 9,033
Rotherham East 8,786
Rotherham West 9,004
Wickersley 9,278
Rawmarsh 9,517
Valley 8,982
Silverwood 9,522

South Yorkshire 1954

Wakefield polling district info


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