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Residents are ‘horrified’ over plans to change boundaries

CASTLE Bromwich residents are “absolutely horrified” by the prospect of being cut adrift from Solihull.

CASTLE Bromwich residents are “absolutely horrified” by the prospect of being cut adrift from Solihull. Under proposals by the Boundary Commission, the suburb would become part of Birmingham Erdington.

This means they would share an MP with areas as far afield as Walmley, even though the ward would still come under Solihull Council.

Long-standing councillor Ted Richards, who lives in Marlborough Road, explained that residents didn’t think of themselves as Brummies.

“The area has been part of Solihull since 1974 and there is no way they want to be part of Birmingham,” said Coun Richards.

“Total disregard has been paid to neighbourhoods as they currently stand.

“But it really is up to the residents themselves to get this message across to the Boundary Commission.”

While much of Castle Bromwich is keen to stay part of Meriden, other areas are desperate to stay out of the constituency.

Some residents of Coleshill and Water Orton, in Warwickshire, want to keep their villages out of the seat.

This is because they don’t want to be represented by Meriden’s current MP, the pro-HS2 Caroline Spelman.

Currently they are part of North Warwickshire, the domain of Dan Byles - a backbencher who is firmly against the scheme.

Coleshill town councillor Adam Farrell said it would be “unacceptable” to have a MP in favour of high-speed rail. “I hope local people will write to David Cameron to ask for a guarantee that Caroline Spelman will not stand here,” he said.

A 13-week consultation on the proposed boundary changes is now underway.

 

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