PROPOSALS to expand Stratford’s parliamentary boundaries have been welcomed by MP Nadhim Zahawi.
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) have altered their plans which originally would have seen the district split across four others.
The plans saw Stratford split into wards with the likes of Ettington and Brailes in one, separate to Kineton and Gaydon. Tanworth-in-Arden would have been part of Solihull, while Stratford town and the immediate surrounding areas were in their own ward with Warwick.
But now the majority of the district remains intact and even bigger than before, with Kineton and Wellesbourne now part of its boundaries.
However under the proposals Southam would be in the same ward as Rugby.
MP Nadhim Zahawi said: “I am very pleased that the Boundary Commission took on board the strong opposition from with the Stratford on Avon constituency to the initial proposals that split the constituency between three others. The new proposals are much more suitable and I am delighted that the Stratford on Avon constituency will remain the same as it is now with the very welcome additions of Kineton, Wellesbourne East and Wellesbourne West wards along with the totality of Red Horse ward.”
The initial proposals saw the town in a ward with Warwick, which caused uproar from Warwick and Leamington locals who demanded the two towns should be kept together, as they had been since 1885.
Stratford residents were also concerned about dividing the district among four constituencies.
One resident, who opposed the plans, said: “It seems as if the Boundary Commission proposal is the result of just reallocating numbers in each constituency, with no thought to the consequences.”
A BCE spokesman said he hopes the plans will be preferred by Stratford district residents.
He added: “There were a number of objections to the division in the initial proposals of Stratford district among four constituencies. Objectors suggested that by dividing the district between only two constituencies, the ties of residents with a Stratford constituency would be maintained.”