The Vectis Party has welcomed the creation of 2 constituencies on the Isle of Wight, but has called the Boundary Commission’s proposals ‘laughably inept’.
According to the party’s spokesperson, Daryll Pitcher, the Vectis Party understand the difficulty of creating 2 equally sized seats from the current ward boundaries but say the current proposals, as reported by Island Echo earlier this week, could only have been drawn up by someone who was mildly surprised to discover that the Isle of Wight was part of England.
“To split up the County Town and include the outskirts of Ryde in the ‘West’ shows a shocking lack of understanding for the Island and an incomprehension of basic geographical terms.
“The creation of a strange crescent like East Wight Constituency where somehow Luccombe and East Cowes Esplanade supposedly have more in common than Luccombe and Ventnor Esplanade is bizarre, not least because almost none of the intervening places are in the same constituency”.
The Vectis Party have come up with their own proposal for creating East and West Isle of Wight constituencies using a modicum of common sense to maintain geographical cohesion.
“Our plan would see the whole of the Medina Valley area remain in 1 constituency while also ensuring that Ventnor remains connected to The Bay area. The sizes remain equitable with the West Wight Constituency having 54,911 and East Wight having 56,805.
“To us, this proposal is far more realistic than that of the Boundaries Commission while still sticking to the basic guidelines they set out with. We shall be submitting this proposal as part of the public consultation and will engage with the Isle of Wight council to elicit their support when they submit their response”.