Have your say on changes to South Tyneside’s political map

The proposed new boundaries for the Jarrow and South Shields constituencies.
The proposed new boundaries for the Jarrow and South Shields constituencies.

South Tynesiders are being reminded that time is running out to have your say on controversial proposals to change the borough’s political map.

The Boundary Commission for England is currently reviewing Parliamentary constituency boundaries across England, including South Shields and Jarrow.

The proposals would see part of South Shields move into the Jarrow constituency, a suggestion that has caused upset in some quarters.

Maps of the proposed constituencies have been on display at both South Shields and Jarrow Town Halls where people have been urged to view them.

But with consultations closing on December 5, people are reminded of the need to make sure their views are heard.

Sam Hartley, Secretary to the Boundary Commission for England said: “We’re really happy with the response to the consultation so far and know the comments will continue to come in right up until December 5.

“The public are the experts when it comes to local knowledge, so hearing what you do or don’t like about our proposals as well as why and what we can do to make them better is so important to us.

“Our initial proposals are just a starting point and people’s comments do make a difference - at the last review the Commission changed almost two-thirds of the initial proposals based on what the public said.”

To date, almost 8000 representations have also been made to the Commission through its website.

Anyone wishing to have their say on the proposals can visit www.bce2018.org.uk