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Constituency Boundary proposals reach final stage - our feedback.

November 28, 2012 9:55 PM

As reported some days ago whilst it seems unlikely that Parliamentary boundaries will now change prior to the 2015 General Election after Liberal Democrats withdrew their support for the plans, the Boundary Commission is still, completing its review. . The proposals have gone out to general consultation twice and is now in its final consultative stage prior to completion

We fed back our comments to the stage 2 consultation in June, pointing out several major inconsistencies and giving our views on where they needed to look again at their original proposals.

We have now submitted comments on the third stage, as whilst there is doubt as to whether they go ahead we need to be prepared just in case. Our submission is as follows:

Constituency Boundary Review. Revised proposal response.

Rhondda Cynon Taff Welsh Liberal Democrats

We note the amended proposals with regard to constituencies within Rhondda Cynon Taff and the efforts made by the Commission to take on board some of the comments made in the second stage consultation.

As we acknowledged in our second round submission It is inevitable that there will be resistance to some of the suggested changes, and some communities will be split. However, we accept that efforts have been made to keep this to a minimum.

It is unfortunate that the Cynon Valley constituency under the new proposals will still be split across three new constituencies, but the revised proposals we consider are more sensible and take greater account of community links. We accept that there will be some resistance to this amongst campaigners who wanted to see the Cynon retained as a whole, but it is impossible to reduce the number of constituencies without losing some. Moving Cilfynydd, Glyncoch and Ynysybwl into the new Pontypridd constituency will reinforce existing ties there, especially as two of the three are part of Pontypridd Town Council.

We welcome the fact that the Rhondda will be kept as one unit, albeit with the loss of Cymmer, but this ward, as stated, does have strong physical and community links with Tonyrefail which is already in the Pontypridd constituency. We were pleased to see that calls for a North -South divide which would have split the Rhondda into two and created some huge anomalies were not acted upon.

With regard to Pontypridd we had no objections to the proposals originally put forward for the constituency, other than that it made it difficult to retain the integrity of adjoining constituencies. Our second stage submission recorded our strong objection to any suggestion that the constituency of Pontypridd should be split into two, and especially that it could have been in part merged with Cardiff North. We are pleased to see this has not been taken forward, and that with the exception of losing Pontyclun the revised proposals have due regard to existing community links and retains the constituency name.

Karen Roberts on behalf of Rhondda Cynon Taff Welsh Liberal Democrats

NOTES

The initial proposals made by the Boundary Commission were as follows:

Current Cynon Valley constituency disappears altogether. Aberdare, Rhigos, Hirwaun, Penywaun would move into a new Heads of The Valleys constituency, with Merthyr. Aberaman, Cwmbach, Penrhiwceiber and Mountain Ash join the Rhondda. Abercynon, Cilfynydd, Glyncoch and Ynysybwl move into Pontypridd

The Rhondda constituency remains as is with the addition of the current Cynon Valley wards mentioned above.

The Pontypridd constituency has the wards mentioned above from the Cynon added in, as are the current Ogmore wards of Gilfach Goch, Llanharry, Llanharan and Brynna . Pontyclun moves to the new suggested constituency of Cardiff West

The revised proposals are that:

Again the current Cynon Valley constituency disappears altogether. Abercynon Mountain Ash East Mountain Ash West and Penrhiwceiber would move into a new constituency with the existing Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney CC, plus Caerphilly wards of Aberbargoed, Bargoed and Gilfach. The proposed name is Merthyr Tydfil, Rhymney and Lower Cynon.

The Rhondda constituency remains as is except that Cymmer will move into Pontypridd and there will be merging of some current Cynon wards. These are Aberaman North, Aberaman South, Cwmbach , Mountain Ash East, Mountain Ash West and Penrhiwceiber. It will be called Rhondda and Aberdare.

The Pontypridd constituency retains its name. Pontyclun moves out and Brynna, Llanharry, Llanharan, Gilfach Goch, Ynysybwl, Glyncoch and Cilfynydd move in.