The proposed new county council ward boundaries for Lincolnshire have been revealed.
The Local Government Boundary Commission has redrawn the boundaries after a public consultation exercise in an attempt to spread the population more evenly between county councillors. This would result in there being seven fewer councillors.
In the Mercury area, this means Stamford would have two councillors instead of three. The town would be divided into East and West wards, with Stamford Rural and Market and West Deeping being combined into one Baston and Barholm ward. The Deeping St James ward would also be extended to the west. In practice, this means people living to the west of Church Street in Market Deeping would belong to the Baston and Barholm ward.
The Colsterworth Rural ward would be extended to the south east to take in the remainder of the Stamford Rural ward, including Carlby and Manthorpe. It would also take in the entire Bourne Castle ward south of the A151 Raymond Mays Way.
Two new wards would replace the existing Bourne Abbey and Castle. Bourne Croft and Twenty would take in everything south of West Street and east of North Street, including the village of Twenty. Bourne Woodview and Morton would include homes north of West Street and west of North Street, along with Dyke, Morton, Hanthorpe and Cawthorpe.
Folkingham Rural would become Upper Glens, and would now include Haconby and Stainfield, but would lose some villages north of Corby Glen such as Burton-Le-Coggles, to Colsterworth Rural.
The proposed boundaries are up for public consultation until February 8. To see a map and have your say visit www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk.
Coun Ashley Baxter (Independent), who represents the Market and West Deeping ward on South Kesteven District Council and came in second place at the last county election, was unhappy with the new boundaries in the Deepings.
He said: “The draft decisions carves the town of Market Deeping in two. It looks like a cynical attempt to prevent anyone but the Tories from getting elected. If these plans were really about improving democracy they would be proposing multi-member wards. The system is already unfit for purpose, these proposals would make it even worse”.