The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has opened its 3rd and final consultation for new parliamentary constituency boundaries, Monday, 11 December 2017.
An initial 12-week consultation was held in autumn 2016, giving the public the chance to view and comment on the BCE's plans. Almost 20,000 responses were received, which were published as part of the second consultation. The second consultation closed in spring 2017 and BCE has now published its latest proposals, based on the feedback it received in the consultation.
Why are changes proposed?
By law, every constituency proposed must contain between 71,031 and 78,507 electors. Parliament has decided to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK from 600 from 650. This will ensure the number of electors in each constituency is equal. The recommendation of the Boundary Constituency is that the number of constituencies in the north west of England must reduce from 75 to 68.
Find out how the proposed changes could affect you
To find out which constituency you could be in, enter your postcode or search by region. You can view a map of the proposed changes and zoom in for more detail.See details of the proposed changes
How the proposals affect the borough of Rochdale
Change the current Heywood/Middleton constituency to Prestwich and Middleton
The proposal is to change the existing Heywood and Middleton constituency considerably to a new constituency called Prestwich and Middleton. This new constituency is proposed to be constructed from 5 wards from the existing Bury South constituency (the borough of Bury), and 5 from the existing Heywood and Middleton constituency (the borough of Rochdale). The aim is to try to keep communities together so the new constituency will include the towns of Prestwich and Middleton and much of the town of Whitefield.
Retain the Rochdale constituency but make changes
The proposal is to significantly reconfigure the Rochdale constituency given the changes elsewhere in Greater Manchester. The new constituency would include 5 wards from the existing Heywood and Middleton constituency and 5 from the existing Rochdale constituency (all borough of Rochdale wards) and would include most of the town of Heywood (but not Middleton). It would contain what could be considered to be most of the town of Rochdale, and in particular the centre, in a single constituency whereas the town is currently divided between constituencies.
Add a new constituency – Littleborough and Saddleworth
A new rural, moor‑based constituency called Littleborough and Saddleworth is proposed. This comprises 5 wards from each of the boroughs of Rochdale (including the towns of Littleborough and Milnrow) and Oldham (including the towns of Shaw and Uppermill).
Proposed new constituencies in detail
Each of the tables below gives details of the wards and electorate per ward for each of the proposed constituencies.
Prestwich and Middleton
| Besses Bury|| 7,667|
|Holyrood Bury|| 8,333|
|Sedgley Bury || 8,128|
| St. Mary's Bury||7,371|
|Pilkington Park||7,328 |
| East Middleton Rochdale ||7,371|
| Hopwood Hall Rochdale||7,798 |
| North Middleton Rochdale||7,462 |
| South Middleton Rochdale||7,631 |
| West Middleton Rochdale||8,033 |
|Bamford Rochdale||7,377 |
| Castleton Rochdale||7,400 |
| Central Rochdale Rochdale||6,509|
| Healey Rochdale||7,674 |
|Kingsway Rochdale||7,819 |
|Milkstone and Deeplish Rochdale||6,804 |
|Norden Rochdale||7,505 |
|North Heywood Rochdale|| 7,164 |
|Spotland and Falinge Rochdale|| 7,390|
| West Heywood Rochdale||8,139|
Littleborough and Saddleworth
|Crompton Oldham||8,064 |
|Saddleworth and Lees||8,246 |
|Saddleworth North Oldham ||7,651|
|Saddleworth South Oldham ||8,030 |
|Shaw Oldham ||7,388 |
|Balderstone and Kirkholt Rochdale ||6,636 |
|Littleborough Lakeside Rochdale ||7,410 |
|Milnrow and Newhey Rochdale ||7,582 |
|Smallbridge and Firgrove Rochdale ||7,344 |
|Wardle and West Littleborough Rochdale ||7,362|
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