Post by Foggy on Sept 16, 2016 20:44:10 GMT
Ha, very droll. Pete argues his case well. Tring just sounds snappier than the two longer place names, and sticks in my mind due to Graham Poll's alias from his refereeing days. I'm happy with it being called W Herts as long as there's an E Herts seat as well. Since there is a local authority by that name, in theory it shouldn't be too much trouble, but the actual boundaries and numbers in the county aren't helpful.
I think Berko is a good name. It is very central, well known and a prominent spot on the map and railway. It might get special attention from the Speaker and afford the member more access to being called.
Foggy Tring would be an absurd name to use for SW Herts - it's right at the seats Northern periphery and is far from being the seats largest town. It isn't even the largest town in the Dacorum part of the seat )that would be Berkhamsted which being more centrally positioned within the seat would be a better name, but still bad). By far the biggest settlement is Rickmansworth, escpecially if you include in that Croxley Green, Moor Park and arguably Chorlewood too (certainly much of Chorleywood East ward is physically part of Rickmansworth). But that still would be a poor name because it is in a corner of the seat and would have no resonance further North (internal connections between the two parts of the seat are not good as the A41 which runs thtough/past Tring and Berko proceed to the other side of Watford from the Rickmansworth 'conurbation'. ditto the railway line. This is really one of those seats which is a collection of small towns where the compass point type of name is most appropriate. In this case though it should obviously West rather than South West
Ugh, more ambiguity. It's bad enough that there's a Rother Valley in S Yorks rather than E Sussex!
Aside from Colchester Outer, the only locally acceptable alternative name to North East Essex that I can think of is Colne Valley, which would be confusing anywhere outside Essex.