Fight over plans to carve up Whitnash

By Kevin Unitt Wednesday 05 December 2012 Updated: 07/12 08:11

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Fighting the plans - left to right - Whitnash Town Council councillors Kitty Crutchley, mayor Adrian Barton, Brian Smart, Judy Falp, Ian Colls and Bernard Kirton. (s)

RESIDENTS in Whitnash have been urged to fight plans to carve up the town into different electoral wards.

Following a review of electoral boundaries for Warwick district, the Boundary Commission is proposing about half of Whitnash be moved to the Heathcote ward, after which it would considered part of Bishop's Tachbrook.

The remaining half of Whitnash could even be renamed, meaning the town losing its name completely from the register of electoral wards.

Members of Whitnash Town Council have expressed outrage over the proposals and taken to the town armed to warn residents about the changes and to urge them to object before the deadline of January 7.

Mayor Adrian Barton said: “These outrageous proposals to carve up our town will have devastating consequences for our community, not least an inevitable increase in council tax that remaining Whitnash residents will be landed with due to a significant loss of revenue to the town.”

Fellow town councillor and deputy mayor Parminder Birdi, added: “The Boundary Commission claims that one of its main considerations is ‘reflecting community identity’ but forcing a large percentage of Whitnash residents to become part of the village of Bishop’s Tachbrook clearly doesn’t.

“It is vital that all residents of Whitnash stand up for our town."

Visit www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk to view the proposals and have your say by the January 7 deadline.

Objections can be made in writing to The Review Officer (Warwick), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5LG.

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