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2018 Review – West Midlands v2.0

In Birmingham,boundary changes,boundary commission,Coventry,Dudley,News,redistricting,Sandwell,Stoke,Walsall,Warwickshire,West Midlands,West Midlands county,Wolverhampton on October 23, 2017 by dadge

The Commission has published its revised recommendations, and there are many improvements. Warwickshire will now have the sensible arrangement of seats that had been obvious to everyone except the Commission. And they have accepted my proposals for Stoke and Newcastle, which is nice.

The map of Birmingham and the Black Country is looking a bit better, but there are still the following (main) problems:

  1. Pleck removed from Walsall*
  2. Oscott ward in a Walsall seat*
  3. Handsworth Wood in a Sandwell seat
  4. Handsworth split between seats
  5. Oddly shaped Erdington seat going up to the Scott Arms*
  6. Smethwick split between three constituencies*
  7. East Smethwick in a Birmingham seat*
  8. Nechells in a sinuous Yardley seat*
  9. Yardley split between seats
  10. Rubery in a Birmingham seat
  11. Netherton in the Halesowen & Rowley Regis seat*
  12. Dudley town split between seats*
  13. East Dudley town in a Sandwell seat*
  14. Friar Park ward not in the Wednesbury seat*
  15. Greets Green in the Tipton seat*

My counter-proposal (interactive map) solves 11 of those 15 problems (shown by stars), but creates five new ones:

  1. Perry Barr in a Sandwell seat
  2. Yew Tree in a Walsall seat
  3. Castle Vale in the Hodge Hill seat
  4. Bearwood and part of Oldbury in a Birmingham seat
  5. Rowley Regis split between seats

But I think that reducing the overall number of problems from 15 to 9 is quite good going. Also, I’d say we go from having eight bad constituencies (out of 20) to just one (can you guess which one?!) so I think that’s definitely an improvement. Excluding the seats in Wolverhampton and Sutton (which have general support), my proposed seats are:

  1. Aldridge, Brownhills & Bloxwich 76572
    18. Walsall 73255
    14. Sandwell Valley 76523
    4. Erdington 73557*
    6. Hodge Hill 77643* (includes Castle Vale DLC DLG DLH)
    3. Birmingham Central* 77926
    9. Small Heath 77267* (includes Bordesley Green CTH CTI CTJ CTK)
    5. Hall Green 72658*
    7. Kings Norton 71831* (includes Swanshurst Park DEG)
    8. Northfield 75118
    11. Edgbaston & Warley South 76863
    19. Warley North 71590
    20. Wednesbury, Tipton & Darlaston 72803
    10. Dudley 78270*
    16. Stourbridge 72591* (includes Brockmoor J05 J06 J07)
    12. Halesowen & Cradley Heath 78132

The stars indicate seats that include parts of split wards. (I have 4 split wards compared to the Commission’s 3.) Seats in bold include wards from two boroughs. (I have 8 compared with the Commission’s 9. Not a big difference there, but this counter-proposal doesn’t make wholesale changes. In an ideal world we’d be looking at something like my original plan, which only had 3 cross-border seats.)

Map of seats listed above:

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If you prefer all or part of this plan to the Commission’s proposals, email them by 11/12/17 at information@boundarycommissionengland.gov.uk

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Staffordshire counterproposal

In redistricting,Staffordshire,Stoke,West Midlands on September 25, 2011 by dadge


(Current boundaries)                    (My proposal)

Staffordshire is a relatively easy area to review since it can be reviewed on its own and most of the county requires little change. It is losing one seat though, in the north-west of the county, and the question is whether to merge Stone with part of Newcastle or with part of Stoke. The Commission has chosen the former, but their resultant splitting of Newcastle is a bit of a dog’s dinner. So I’ve gone along with the counter-proposal made by Adam Gray and others for a Stoke South & Stone seat.

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be possible to work out an arrangement that doesn’t move Hixon from Stafford into Lichfield.

Butt Lane 4,349
Kidsgrove 5,255
Newchapel 2,801
Ravenscliffe 3,372
Talke 3,206
Tunstall 9,836
Chell and Packmoor 9,211
Burslem North 9,131
Burslem South 8,730
Norton and Bradeley 8,909
East Valley 10,226
STOKE NORTH 75,026

Abbey Green 8,962
Bentilee and Townsend 9,008
Berryhill and Hanley East 7,717
Hanley West and Shelton 8,434
Northwood and Birches Head 8,949
Fenton 9,225
Longton North 10,660
Longton South 10,274
STOKE EAST 73,229

Blurton 9,550
Stoke and Trent Vale 9,659
Hartshill and Penkhull 9,045
Meir Park and Sandon 10,082
Trentham and Hanford 9,769
Weston and Meir Park 9,064
Stonefield and Christchurch 4,086
Walton 4,585
St. Michael’s 3,618
Fulford 4,808
Barlaston and Oulton 3,224
STOKE SOUTH AND STONE 77,490

Brereton and Ravenhill 5,095
Cannock East 5,581
Cannock North 5,447
Cannock South 5,735
Cannock West 5,727
Etching Hill and The Heath 5,382
Hagley 3,434
Hawks Green 5,699
Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury 5,010
Hednesford Green Heath 3,976
Hednesford North 5,548
Hednesford South 4,254
Norton Canes 5,818
Rawnsley 3,837
Western Springs 5,137
CANNOCK CHASE 75,680

Abbey 2,334
Anglesey 4,005
Branston 5,526
Brizlincote 4,317
Burton 2,189
Churnet 2,207
Crown 2,136
Eton Park 4,063
Heath 4,779
Horninglow 6,216
Rolleston on Dove 2,722
Shobnall 4,753
Stapenhill 5,817
Stretton 6,363
Town 5,304
Tutbury and Outwoods 4,672
Weaver 1,705
Winshill 6,194
BURTON 75,302

Yoxall 2,169
Needwood 4,534
Bagots 2,144
All Saints 2,825
Alrewas and Fradley 4,490
Armitage with Handsacre 4,180
Boley Park 3,987
Boney Hay 2,484
Burntwood Central 2,496
Chadsmead 2,721
Chase Terrace 4,047
Chasetown 3,114
Colton and Mavesyn Ridware 1,474
Curborough 3,851
Highfield 3,172
King’s Bromley 1,379
Leomansley 5,315
Longdon 1,576
St John’s 5,002
Stowe 3,965
Summerfield 2,662
Whittington 2,666
Haywood and Hixon 5,173
LICHFIELD 75,426

Audley and Bignall End 4,694
Bradwell 4,970
Chesterton 5,475
Clayton 3,195
Cross Heath 4,340
Halmerend 3,038
Holditch 3,366
Keele 3,203
Knutton and Silverdale 3,147
Loggerheads and Whitmore 5,634
Madeley 3,419
May Bank 5,003
Porthill 3,229
Seabridge 4,682
Silverdale and Parksite 2,754
Thistleberry 4,606
Town 3,702
Westlands 4,830
Wolstanton 4,458
NEWCASTLE (STAFFS) 77,745

Bilbrook 3,350
Brewood and Coven 5,482
Cheslyn Hay North and Saredon 3,409
Cheslyn Hay South 3,038
Codsall North 3,340
Codsall South 3,366
Essington 3,965
Featherstone and Shareshill 3,759
Great Wyrley Landywood 3,866
Great Wyrley Town 4,972
Himley and Swindon 1,707
Huntington and Hatherton 3,781
Kinver 6,005
Pattingham and Patshull 1,847
Perton Dippons 1,597
Perton East 1,790
Perton Lakeside 5,059
Trysull and Seisdon 1,788
Wheaton Aston, Bishopwood and Lapley 3,347
Wombourne North and Lower Penn 5,304
Wombourne South East 3,210
Wombourne South West 3,554
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE 77,536

Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell 3,085
Penkridge South East 3,550
Penkridge West 1,689
Baswich 3,489
Chartley 1,581
Church Eaton 1,749
Common 2,946
Coton 2,722
Eccleshall 5,259
Forebridge 3,325
Gnosall and Woodseaves 5,171
Highfields and Western Downs 4,556
Holmcroft 5,016
Littleworth 4,803
Manor 4,572
Milford 3,851
Milwich 1,575
Penkside 2,996
Rowley 3,537
Seighford 2,883
Swynnerton 3,642
Tillington 3,109
Weeping Cross 5,183
STAFFORD 80,289

Alton 1,125
Bagnall and Stanley 1,361
Biddulph East 4,630
Biddulph Moor 1,395
Biddulph North 4,253
Biddulph South 1,408
Biddulph West 4,346
Brown Edge and Endon 4,019
Caverswall 1,428
Cellarhead 2,617
Cheadle North East 2,768
Cheadle South East 2,888
Cheadle West 4,026
Checkley 4,523
Cheddleton 4,321
Churnet 2,599
Dane 1,263
Forsbrook 4,173
Hamps Valley 1,456
Horton 1,558
Ipstones 1,521
Leek East 3,926
Leek North 4,080
Leek South 4,374
Leek West 3,775
Manifold 1,512
Werrington 2,689
STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS 78,034

Amington 5,937
Belgrave 5,694
Bolehall 5,821
Castle 5,614
Glascote 5,622
Mercian 5,203
Spital 5,488
Stonydelph 5,765
Trinity 5,958
Wilnecote 7,036
Shenstone 2,701
Stonnall 1,251
Mease and Tame 2,895
Little Aston 2,451
Fazeley 3,721
Bourne Vale 1,387
Hammerwich 2,832
TAMWORTH 75,376

The Commission’s proposals are here. Map. Send your comments to the Commission here.