Have your say on boundary changes

PONTELAND’S MP is urging residents to put forward their views on boundary changes.

If the Boundary Commission for England’s shake up is adopted, it would have a dramatic effect on Guy Opperman’s Hexham constituency.

Ponteland East would be transferred into the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency and Haltwhistle and South Tynedale would be placed into a newly created Consett and Barnard Castle constituency.

Following a period of consultation, any changes will be finalised in 2013 and come into full effect at the general election in 2015.

Mr Opperman, who is fighting the plans, said: “It would be a terrible idea to divide the town of Ponteland and to lump Haltwhistle and South Tynedale into a constituency which runs to the Yorkshire border.

“Many residents have been in touch to criticise the proposals and I have to say I agree with them. I will do all I can to protect our constituency, but I need your help.

“I would urge anyone who cares about our community and the local ties we have to make their feelings known to the Boundary Commission.”

Residents can write a letter to The Boundary Commission for England, 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ. Alternatively, they can e-mail reviews@bcommengland.x.gsi.gov.uk by December 5.

They can also attend a public hearing at Newcastle Civic Centre on Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15, but those who wish to speak at the hearing need to fill out an online form on the Boundary Commission for England’s website.

For more information telephone 0207 2761102.