New 'South Lincolnshire' constituency proposed to replace South Holland and the Deepings
Voters in South Holland could be part of a new South Lincolnshire parliamentary constituency under changes proposed to the nation's electoral map.
The Boundary Commission kicked off its consultation into new constituency boundaries today and its initial proposals would see the parts of the Deepings that are in South Kesteven split off from South Holland.
Instead, a series of villages in Boston borough - including Swineshead Bridge, Fosdyke and Bicker - would come into the new South Lincolnshire constituency, with a proposed population of 71,363.
Current MP Sir John Hayes said he was pleased that the proposals keep all of the South Holland district under one MP - and that more than 90% of the existing area would remain unchanged.
He said: "I would be sorry for the Deepings to move because of my long association with the Deepings and my affection for my many friends there.
"It's really important that the whole of South Holland district is in one constituency and that's been achieved.
"The new villages are very like South Holland in character - Bicker and Fosdyke are very familiar to me, I know them well. In character the new seat would be very similar."
Deeping St Nicholas - in South Holland - would be in the new South Lincolnshire seat.
Voters can currently air their views as part of an eight-week consultation, with a deadline for comments of August 2. There will be two further rounds in 2022 before findings are presented to Parliament in 2023.
Sir John said he does believe the name should change to include 'South Holland' to make matters clearer.
He added: "I think it would be nice for South Holland to be in the title - it's familiar, its the district council area and it's what the seat has already been called.
"I know a number of people have said to me that they would like to South Holland to be retained.
"This is a long process. If people have got views they should feed them in.
"This is an early draft and these things are definitely subject to change. We will see what happens."
The changes aim to create constituencies of a broadly similar size - and would result in ten more seats being created in England.
In Lincolnshire that means the Stamford and Grantham seat would be radically altered - with Bourne forming part of a new Grantham constituency.
Market Deeping, Deeping St James and Langtoft would join a new Rutland and Stamford seat.
Tim Bowden, secretary to the Boundary Commission for England, said: “Today’s proposals mark the first time people get to see what the new map of Parliamentary constituencies might look like. But they are just the Commission’s initial thoughts. Help us draw the line to make the number of electors in each Parliamentary constituency more equal.
"Each constituency we recommend is required by law to contain between 69,724 and 77,062 electors, meaning there will be significant change to current boundaries. We want to hear the views of the public to ensure that we get the new boundaries for Parliamentary constituencies right.”
"We consider all feedback received during the consultation process, and it is your local knowledge that helps us to shape constituencies that best reflect your local area."
To view the proposals and have your say visit www.bcereviews.org.uk.