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Councillor furious at proposals to change constituency

 Published on: 1st October 2018   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

Proposals to shift a council ward in Garston from the Watford to St Albans Parliamentary constituency have been described as ludicrous by a councillor who represents the area.

Steve Cavinder is one of the three Watford Borough Councillors for Woodside. He said he and the majority of other people he has spoken on the subject are strongly opposed to the move.

He said: “There are 12 wards on Watford Borough Council and if these changes go ahead, it would mean had a different MP to all the other. Woodside would be on the extremities – any issues residents would want to raise with the St Albans MP would surely be low on the list of priorities. She would be concerned with St Albans residents and Woodside believe they are part of Watford.”

The boundary changes are part of a regular review of constituencies and an effort to reduce the number of seats in parliament from 650 to 600.

Watford MP, Richard Harrington, says he accepts the review. 

He said: “The boundary review is taking place to reduce the cost of politics and equalise the size of constituencies so that everyone’s vote has equal weight, which is only fair.

“There has been extensive consultation and I’ve fed back at every opportunity, and encouraged others to do the same. I do not want to lose any of the areas which I currently represent, but sadly, I have resigned myself to the fact that I will.

“It has been an honour and a pleasure to represent the people of Watford in parliament, and I will continue to do that to the best of my ability, whether I’m representing Leavesden, Woodside or Abbots Langley.”

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