Below is a submission from Sandale re the strengths of the main submissions etc. Below these notes are notes on how to actually comment.
On behalf of the Sandale Trust I am putting in general comments regarding all major submissions that have an impact on South Bradford.
1) Conservative Proposal (BCE-30343)
2) Batley and Spen Labour Party Proposal (Joint with Bradford South Labour Party) (BCE-25856)
3) Halifax Labour Party (BCE – 26822)
The Sandale Trust submission (BCE-17254) stresses the need not to break up the communities across constituencies just to make the numbers add up. Instead we urge the Commissioners to consider splitting wards to keep communities together. We will judge all submissions against the criteria of making constituencies fit communities and not numbers.
1) Conservative Proposal (BCE-30343)
The Conservative proposal has come to the conclusion that to make a submission work, at least one ward needs to be split.
They have split a different ward from the one we suggested, but the results are fairly similar. They deploy powerful arguments on why Wyke, Great Horton, Wibsey and Royds need to be retained within a Bradford Constituency.
The Conservative proposal (BCE – 32977) correctly identifies that Queensbury Ward was in the urban District of Queensbury and Shelf until 1974, and we accept that a significant proportion of the Ward identifies more with Calderdale. The Conservative proposal correctly identifies that the Royds ward was never in the urban district of Queensbury and Shelf, and that the composition of Royds means that it is closely aligns with Bradford. Royds is made up of parts of the urban villages of Low Moor and Wibsey, plus the famous Bradford Estates of Buttershaw and Woodside.
The Conservative proposals however chooses a different Bradford ward to be placed in a Pudsey constituency. We contend that Bradford Moor has more in common with Pudsey than the Tong Ward.
However the Conservative proposal is a significant advance on the Boundary Commissions initial proposal.
2) Batley and Spen Labour Party Proposal) (BCE-25856)
This submission again splits a ward to ensure constituencies better fit communities. Again a different ward is split.
I feel that it is right not to tamper with the Batley and Spen constituency. As well as this helping to “Keep Bradford Bradford”, I feel that because of its recent tragic history it is as well not to cause any more upset by dividing a constituency that is already of the correct size.
This proposal retains Tong in Bradford South and instead moves Bradford Moor into Pudsey, which is the conclusion we came to.
3) Sandale Submission
We do not feel that it is necessary to move the whole of the Queensbury Ward into a Calderdale constituency. The Sandale submission moves only 7000 Queensbury voters into a Calderdale seat. The Polling Districts moved are from the Queensbury Village itself which shares a strong affinity with Calderdale. The polling Districts retained are outside the village centred around Cooper Lane. There are 4076 voters in the polling Districts that could be retained in Bradford South, as set out in our submission. (BCE – 17254)
I acknowledge that the Commissioners have a very difficult task, but I urge you to put communities first whenever possible, and to seriously consider the submissions of the Conservative Party, Batley and Spen (Bradford South) Labour Party and our own submission.
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1) Sandale Proposal (17254)
2) Conservative Proposal (30343)
3) Batley and Spen Labour Party Proposal (25856)
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