Appendix B

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) undertook an electoral review of ward boundaries of the Council in its 2019-20 programme. The initial timetable provided for the LGBCE final recommendations to be published on 30 June 2020 and the order was to be laid before Parliament in Autumn 2020.

The LGBCE Final recommendations meeting was delayed until 18 August 2020 which led to the final recommendations being published by the LGBCE on 29th September 2020 and due to delays caused by the Covid Pandemic the Order was laid before Parliament in January 2021. The local elections in May 2022 were held on the new ward boundaries. 

The Boundary Commission for England (BCFE) has carried out a review of Parliamentary Constituencies. The provisions of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020 (the 2020 Act) determined that the local (ward) boundaries that the BCFE must have regard to were the ward boundaries extant in December 2020. The fact the BCFE have utilised the ward boundaries that were extant in December 2020 and not the new ward boundaries as determined by the LGBCE in its 2019-20 Review means there are numerous anomalies between the new constituencies boundaries of the new Reading Central Borough Constituency, the Reading West/Mid-Berkshire Constituency and the Early and Woodley Borough Constituency.

It has been confirmed that Reading Borough Council will provide the Acting Returning Officer for the proposed new UK parliamentary constituency of Reading Central Borough. West Berkshire District Council will provide the Acting Returning Officer for the proposed new UK parliamentary constituency of Reading West and Mid Berkshire County Constituency. Wokingham Borough Council will provide the Acting Returning Officer for the proposed new UK parliamentary constituency of Earley and Woodley Borough.

There are a number situations where the ward boundaries are impacted and the new LGBCE ward boundaries create an inconsistency with the proposed BCFE constituency boundaries namely:-

Reading Central Borough Constituency /Reading West and Mid-Berkshire County Constituency

1. Battle/Kentwood

          KENTWOOD/BATTLE WARD BOUNDARY

The housing listed below in the south east corner of Kentwood ward between Portman Road and Oxford Road which contained the Stone Street area moved into Battle ward and is contained in new Battle Ward district BA.

The housing affected which are located in Battle ward district BA is as follows :-

  1. Stone Street
  2. Tidmarsh Street
  3. Pangbourne Street
  4. Ivydene Road
  5. Ledbury Close

It is proposed to create an additional new polling district BC and a new polling station containing the above streets which will vote in the Battle Library polling place in Battle ward as these voters will vote in the Reading West and Mid Berkshire County Constituency at a General Election.

Please note Appendix C which shows the extent of the proposed new district BC shown edged red.

2. Norcot/Battle

NORCOT/BATTLE WARD BOUNDARY

The old ward Boundary (running North east to South west) between Norcot and Battle wards ran down the middle of Wantage Road. The Boundary was moved westwards so that it runs between Wantage and Wilson Roads, moving both sides of Wantage Road into Battle ward district B.

It is proposed to create an additional new district BD and a new polling station containing the even properties on west side of Wantage Road within Battle ward as the voters in this new polling district will vote in the Reading West and Mid Berkshire County Constituency at a General Election. The new polling station will be located at the Emmanuel Methodist Church polling place.

Please note Appendix C which shows the extent of the new Battle District shown edged red.

3. Norcot/Southcote

          NORCOT/SOUTHCOTE WARD BOUNDARY

The Boundary between Norcot and Southcote wards was changed in the LGBCE review so that both sides of Cockney Hill taking in housing south of Cockney Hill was moved into new Norcot ward district JA.

The housing affected which is located in Norcot Ward district JA is as follows :-

  1. Houses (evens) to the south of Cockney Hill
  2. Cheddington Close

It is proposed to create an additional new polling district JC and polling station in Norcot ward for the above properties which will vote in the new Reading Central Constituency at a General Election. The voters shall vote at St Michaels Primary school as they do a local election.

Reading Central Borough Constituency/Earley and Woodley Borough Constituency

Please note Appendix C which shows the extent of the proposed new district JC shown edged red.

4. Redlands/Church

REDLANDS/CHURCH WARD BOUNDARY

The southern boundary of Redlands ward and Northern boundary of Church ward were changed in the LGBCE review.

The changes in the LGBCE review to the Church/Redlands ward boundaries ensured that all university buildings and accommodation in the borough were kept within Redlands ward district LD.

The Housing affected that is located in Redlands ward district LD is as follows :-

  1. Elmhurst Road (odds 5 to 11)
  2. Northcourt Avenue (evens 14 to 18, Creighton Court & St Patrick’s Hall)
  3. Sherfield Drive (Benyon Hall, Fickling Court, Sherfield Hall, The Cottages, The Farmhouse 1-6, The Granary)
  4. Shinfield Road – Mackinder Halls (Ashbury, Blewbury, Cholsey, Dunsden, Enborne, Fawley, Hurley, Ipsden) Newington Terrace, Oakley Terrace, Padworth House
  5. Upper Redlands Road – Greenow House, McCombie House, Windsor Hall, Wardens House

It is proposed to retain the above properties in polling district LD within Redlands ward which will vote in the new Earley and Woodley Borough constituency at a General Election. It is also proposed to move odd numbers 1,3,5,7,9 Whitley Park Lane into district LD. Voters in polling district LD will continue to vote at Park Lounge Windsor Lounge University of Reading.

As they are located in Reading Central Borough Constituency, Wantage Hall and St Georges Hall will be moved from polling district LD into polling district LA and shall vote at the Museum of English Rural Life polling place.

Please note Appendix C which shows the extent of the revised district LD edged red.

Last updated on 02/11/2023