It is being proposed that we join up with Shirley and Solihull South. We would then share our MP with them. We would vote for our MP in “Shirley and Solihull South” constituency – not Stratford on Avon as we have done for the past 10 years or so.
Depending on your viewpoint, this may be seen as an opportunity – or a disaster.
Would anybody be listening to us, a small rural parish, when making decisions, consulting?
The majority opinion is coming out in favour of fighting to remain within the Stratford on Avon Constituency.
We need everybody who can to make their opinions known.
We give the details below on how you can make your voice count in this one.
The closing date is 5th December 2016, so you need to do it now.
There are a few pointers below which you can use, or make your own points.
- Tanworth-in-Arden is a rural parish with an electorate of 2,582;
- We are wholly within the Green Belt;
- The new constituency will have an electorate of 77,284;
- The new constituency is completely urban – apart from our parish;
- Our outlooks are consequently different;
- We have no A class roads in the parish, only B and C class;
- Solihull MBC, within which the rest of the constituency is located, is aggressively building and removing parcels of land from the Green Belt while we are defending the Green Belt against their intrusions;
- Our voice will represent 3.3% of the total electorate, which won’t amount to a voice at all;
- Solihull has plans for further developments in the proposed constituency of at least 5,000 new houses, most of which are 3,4,5 and 6 beds, so it’s reasonable to assume that the electorate will be increased by around 12,500;
- That reduces further our say in constituency matters to 2.8%;
- That also increases the new constituency electorate to more than 11,000 over the recommended max of 78,507 in a fairly short period of time;
- Stratford on Avon District is a rural area with no large cities;
- Our aims and objectives from a planning perspective are more closely aligned with Stratford’s than Solihull and Shirley’s;
- Our parish will only see organic population increases, so we will not have a voice in the new constituency;
However, it might be interesting seeing Stratford DC (the local government district that we’ll remain in) fighting with Solihull MBC and getting our new MP who will have nothing to do with Stratford District fighting our planning corner for us against the rest of Shirley and Solihull South (in reality, Solihull MBC), the area that he represents. This does seem like a crazy position to be in though.
Being reallocated to Warwick and Stratford constituency makes geographical and political sense:
- It would increase the electorate to just over the maximum limit – but not as hugely over the limit as Shirley and Solihull South is going to be with their current housing drive;
- Tanworth in Arden parish has a natural and historical relationship with Stratford upon Avon whereas Solihull has never had any civic, or other, formal association;
- The identity of Tanworth in Arden parish is with Stratford upon Avon which is an important tie for residents and a commitment that has to be preserved. (You may agree or disagree with this).
Please encourage as many neighbours and friends as possible to write.
The website for the Boundary Commission for England will be found at:
To make a representation online go to www.bce2018.org.uk
or by post to Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ.