Derbyshire version 1

In Derbyshire, East Midlands, redistricting on October 25, 2011 by dadge

The problems with the Commission’s plan for Derbyshire aren’t huge, and trying to address them is a bit of a headache, but I’ve had a go.

1. The Hathersage ward seems an odd choice to add to High Peak. I think the Tideswell and Taddington wards are a better option.

2. The Ironville ward is part of Alfreton and shouldn’t be put in a different seat. Adding it requires some changes in the north east of the county, e.g. adding Renishaw to Bolsover.

The other problem is that Chesterfield district is 500 voters over the limit. I don’t like doing it, but the most convenient way to balance the numbers is to remove the Old Whittington ward. A better solution would involve adding a NE Derbyshire ward or two to the Dales seat. For example, if you add the Ashover ward to the Dales, you can take the New Whittington ward out of Chesterfield.

3. Two Derby wards need to go in a non-Derby seat. The Chellaston and Boulton wards are an acceptable choice, although it does mean you’re splitting SE Derby in two. I’ve attempted to improve the arrangements in Derby by taking out the Allestree and Darley Abbey wards, thereby keeping a Mid Derbyshire seat. (There ought to be a better name for such a seat – Derwent Gate? Darley Abbey? Belper?)

(It would be preferable to reunite the Amber Valley towns, and the Commission’s plan is better from this point of view.)

It’s then possible to form two logical Derby seats, although it does require Sinfin ward to be split. As you can see, there is a natural place to split the ward.

South Derbyshire 74,228
Derby West 77,639
Derby East 75,852
High Peak 75,052
Derbyshire Dales 77,348
Erewash 79,716
Mid Derbyshire 78,536
Bolsover 79,393
Chesterfield 77,650
North East Derbyshire 80,021

Email the Commission with your views.


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