Calls to save Hyn­d­burn as MP’s seat name foiled

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

CALLS to re­tain the name of Hyn­d­burn’s Com­mons seat un­der a boundary re­view have been re­jected.

Hyn­d­burn coun­cil voted last year to re­tain the ‘Hyn­d­burn’ name af­ter fears over the cost of pro­posed seat changes.

How­ever, the lat­est Boundary Com­mis­sion pro­pos­als pub­lished this week have re­tained the re­named and en­larged ‘Ac­cring­ton’ con­stituency.

The new pro­pos­als, de­signed as part of a re­duc­tion of the num­ber of MPs by 50, have been tweaked so that the seat, which will in­clude Padi­ham, will also take the ward of Rosegrove and Low­er­house from Burn­ley. Pre­vi­ously Coal­clough with Deer­play had been ear­marked for the move.

Hasling­den’s two wards will still move to the en­larged Rossendale and Dar­wen seat.

In his rep­re­sen­ta­tions MP Gra­ham Jones said: “It will be dif­fi­cult for peo­ple in Coal­clough with Deer­play to get to Ac­cring­ton.

“It is Burn­ley and there­fore it places an ex­tra civic de­mand on an MP.

“Rosegrove with Low­er­house is far bet­ter con­nected. Rosegrove has a rail sta­tion three stops from Ac­cring­ton sta­tion as well as di­rect buses along Ac­cring­ton Road.” The con­sul­ta­tion at https:// www.bce2018.org.uk/ runs un­til De­cem­ber 11.

Gra­ham Jones MP

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