Concern over changes to Holbeach boundary

Holbeach Parish Council chairman Coun Isobel Hutchinson.
Holbeach Parish Council chairman Coun Isobel Hutchinson.

A proposed redrawing of electoral boundaries in Holbeach which has been branded a “demolition” is facing further opposition, this time from parish councillors.

Plans to cut the size of Lincolnshire County Council from 77 members to 70 have been made public by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE).

There was concern that they (the LGBCE) had altered the boundaries in a way which would mean that Holbeach would be split

Holbeach Parish Council chairman Coun Isobel Hutchinson

The commission, an independent body set up by Parliament to review the size of electoral areas in England, wants to keep the number of county council divisions in South Holland at nine.

But under the LGBCE plans, Holbeach would be overhauled as Holbeach Bank, Holbeach Clough, Holbeach St Marks and Holbeach St Matthew would all be included in a brand new Moulton Seas End division.

Holbeach Parish Council members discussed the plans at a special meeting in January after county councillor Nick Worth said the changes would have “historical implications because a lot of these villages are linked to their main town (Holbeach)”.

Coun Worth added: “The big issue for me is that Holbeach St Marks and Holbeach St Matthew have always been part of Holbeach and this would effectively demolish it.”

Holbeach Parish Council chairman Coun Isobel Hutchinson said: “After quite a bit of dicussion, there was concern that they (the LGBCE) had altered the boundaries in a way which would mean that Holbeach would be split.

“The town ward would become one area and the rural wards would be split off into another area.

“These people need to be represented as well as they have been in the past, so we are backing the proposal put forward in the first place by Lincolnshire County Council.”

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