As a result of feedback received from a public consultation at the end of 2018, the Boundary Commission have decided to make some last minute changes to their proposals and as a result are holding an additional consultation before finalising recommendations in June.
In the West Wight, the Commission has changed its original recommendations so that the shopping area around Avenue Road will be part of a Freshwater division rather than Totland as previously proposed. The Commission has also changed their proposals so that the area of Colwell would be part of the Totland division rather than Freshwater as previously proposed.
Over in Ryde, the Commission has clarified its proposal for the boundary between Ryde North East and Ryde South East divisions so that it would run along West Hill Road and Park Road. Previously the boundary was incorrectly marked as St Johns Hill.
In the south of Island, the Commission originally proposed a Ventnor & Wroxall division to cover both communities in an area that would be represented by 2 councillors. However, the Commission has listened to local objections and has decided to put forward a new plan for 2 divisions, each to be represented by 1 councillor.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, has said:
“We listened carefully to all the views put to us in the previous consultation and have made significant changes to the original recommendations in some parts of the Island.
“We are now asking local people to log on to our Website to tell us what they think about these proposals before we publish final recommendations for the whole of Isle of Wight in June.”
The consultation is limited to the Commission’s new proposals in the 3 areas of the Isle of Wight. Details of the recommendations, including maps of the proposals, are available on the Commission’s Website at http://www.lgbce.org.uk/.
Views can also be emailed to [email protected] or in writing to:
The Review Officer (Isle of Wight)
1st floor, Windsor House
50 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0TL