Valley boundary changes should be scrapped

'Leave Ribble Valley as it is'  - says MP
'Leave Ribble Valley as it is' - says MP
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Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has once again petitioned the Boundary Commission to revise their initial proposal and accept the counter-proposal supported by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

The Boundary Commission for England is still in the process of conducting a review of parliamentary constituencies.

The initial proposal would replace the Ribble Valley with the Clitheroe and Colne and the North Lancashire constituencies. These constituencies would be without the identities and community spirit which the Ribble Valley currently has.

Speaking from Westminster, Mr Evans said: “Having looked at the comments people have made to the Boundary Commission, it seems clear to me that the vast majority of people want to see the Ribble Valley stay largely as it is.

“Of all the submissions made from Ribble Valley citizens over 90% are against the initial proposal. All parish and Town Councils who made submissions want to see it rejected and the counter proposal put in place.

“David Hinder, the Labour Party candidate for the Ribble Valley in 2015, has made a submission on behalf of the Ribble Valley Labour Party. In this submission he makes it clear that he and the Labour party do not have an issue with the Ribble Valley being split apart.

“This is quite obviously at odds with the rest of the residents of the Ribble Valley. The other comments demonstrate the fact that the separation of the Ribble Valley would be detrimental to its character and its identity. This is clearly something which David Hinder fails to understand. The community feel of our area is one of the things which sets apart and so it is something I am fully opposed to being taken away.”

Under the proposals, The Boundary Commission wants to divide the Ribble Valley constituency between two new constituencies called Clitheroe and Colne, and North Lancashire, in a bid to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

The move has also been rejected by Pendle Council.

It is understood The Boundary Commission’s decision on whether to revise their proposal will be made sometime at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.