Post by East Anglian Lefty on Aug 21, 2016 11:45:50 GMT
So you want to keep the Isle of Axholme intact, have a compact Grimsby seat and avoid splitting wards? It turns out there is a way. All things considered, a rather neat way. It's just that it'd get you lynched if you ever proposed it in Barton.
Humber Bridge CC (71,996) - the North Lincolnshire ward of Barton and the East Yorkshire wards of Hessle, Tranby, Willbery & Kirk Ella, South Hunsley, Dale, Cottingham South and Cottingham North.
In response to many requests (well, one actually), and rising to Minion's challenge to find a legal non-split Sheffield map that avoids linking Dore with Fulwood but not with Ecclesall, I hereby present a Sheffield scheme that no sane Boundary Commission would contemplate for a second.
Among the many offences of which this scheme is guilty, the standout is obviously the link of Graves Park and Birley wards - but minute scrutiny of the map suggests not only that there is a tiny common boundary here, but that a road runs through it (in contrast, therefore, to the rather longer common boundary between Dore and Fulwood).
The southern Sheffield seat (which, without Gleadless Valley, can't be called Heeley any more) is truly awful, and in fact all the Sheffield seats are bad - with the exception of Hallam, which perversely comes out beautifully.
For the record, the numbers are:
Sheffield Hallam - 71363 Sheffield Birley (or whatever you want to call it) - 78107 Sheffield Central - 77804 Sheffield Brightside - 77946 Sheffield Hillsborough and Penistone - 73085 Sheffield Rother Valley - 76367 Rotherham North - 71595 Rotherham South - 72093
And just to reiterate: this is not a serious suggestion. I'm posting it for four reasons:
because ASV asked me to
because I couldn't resist Minion's challenge
to make my other non-split plan look better by comparison
on the off-chance that it may spark a brainwave in someone else.
David Bluncket said something about seats should be more comptative, so I took the challenge to make every seat in Sheffield as marginal as possible, and came up with this. Not only does it have the 30-foot neck along Ridgeway Road, follows the road all the way into Mosborough.
I don't care how you live your life, I don't care what's in your head, I don't care what you do in your bedroom. Keep the hell out of my life, keep the hell out of my head, keep the hell out of my bedroom.
On the eve of the (official) release of the initial recommendations for England and Wales, I thought I'd throw a few things out there that I came up with months ago. Of my ideas for the four corners of London, I decided that those for the south-east of the city were the least objectionable proposals – I'll leave it to the forum's collective imagination as to how bad the rest were...
BEXLEYHEATH AND SIDCUP (73,127): Succeeds Old Bexley & Sidcup. ERITH AND BELVEDERE (76,300): Succeeds Erith & Thamesmead. CHISELHURST AND NEW ADDINGTON [!] (76,485): Succeeds Bromley & Chiselhurst. BECKENHAM AND PENGE (73,884): Succeeds Beckenham. ORPINGTON (78,277): Gains Cray Valley West, otherwise unchanged. CROYDON EAST (78,352): Succeeds Croydon Central. CROYDON WEST (78,428): Succeeds Croydon North. COULSDON (78,064): Succeeds Croydon South. WOOLWICH (71,043): Succeeds Greenwich & Woolwich. ELTHAM AND WELLING (77,841): Succeeds Eltham. CAMBERWELL AND DULWICH (72,832): Succeeds Dulwich & West Norwood. STREATHAM NORTH AND WEST NORWOOD (72,375): Succeeds Streatham. STREATHAM SOUTH AND TOOTING (76,524): Possible successor to Tooting, or a new seat. BATTERSEA AND CLAPHAM (76,603): Succeeds Battersea. PECKHAM (75,262): Succeeds Camberwell & Peckham. BERMONDSEY AND ROTHERHITHE (76,835): Succeeds Bermondsey & Old Southwark. VAUXHALL AND BRIXTON (72,392): Succeeds Vauxhall. LEWISHAM NORTH AND BLACKHEATH (74,983): Succeeds Deptford. LEWISHAM SOUTH AND BROMLEY (76,005): Succeeds Lewisham East.
Bexleyheath & Crayford and Lewisham West & Penge effectively disappear.
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