August 2021: News from your local MP Chris Skidmore
AS your local MP, I wanted to let you know about changes that are being proposed to the boundaries of Parliamentary constituencies – including our own constituency of Kingswood – and how you can have your say.
It is an important democratic principle that everyone’s vote should mean the same. The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) therefore needs to ensure that the number of voters in each constituency is more equal. The commission has now published its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries – and our area will see significant change.
If you live in the Emersons Green council ward you will become part of the existing Filton & Bradley Stoke constituency.
Residents of Kingswood, Woodstock, Staple Hill & Mangotsfield and New Cheltenham wards will become part of the proposed new Bristol North East constituency.
Those residents living in Hanham, Longwell Green, Bitton & Oldland Common and Parkwall & Warmley will become part of the new Keynsham & North East Somerset constituency.
And people living in the council ward of Boyd Valley will become part of the existing Thornbury & Yate constituency.
It is important to say that these changes will not affect the delivery of local services. Although your Member of Parliament may change, we will all continue to be part of South Gloucestershire Council and have our services provided by them.
We are now in the midst of an eight-week consultation period, in which the BCE invites comments on the proposals from the public. Members of the public can view and comment on the
initial proposals online at www.bcereviews.org.uk.
Another consultation that I wanted to remind you all of is on the council’s proposals to improve traffic flow at the A4174 ring road roundabout junctions – similar to the changes currently under construction at the Wraxall Road roundabout.
The consultation is open until August 16 and would inform a bid to be submitted to the government for the required funding. This funding that the government is potentially making available can only be used to upgrade major roads.
Even as we improve public transport, walking and cycling routes, cars will continue to be many people’s only realistic way of getting around our area. And as more and more cars become electric, their carbon emissions will continue to reduce, in line with our climate commitments.
You can find out more at consultations.southglos.gov.uk/A4174Improvements.