WE'VE DONE IT!
The Boundaries Commission has accepted our proposed amendments to the boundary changes for Parish & District Council elections - almost in full. They stated that the weight of our evidence and viability of our proposal was sufficient
to enable them to review the proposed boundaries. It was also key that we had an active Residents Association.
So Shortbridge, Isfield and Copwood will remain in Fletching and Danehill. The only disappointment is that Little Horsted will have to be included
in the new Ridgewood ward because of the numbers.
Great to see people power in action and getting results!
Thanks to Katrina Best and Wayne Emerson for all their research and hard work in producing the viable alternative option. And of
course thanks to all the residents who wrote in and signed the petition.
The full document can be found at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/6011
For those that don’t want
to download and trawl through the whole report the section relating to Danehill and Fletching is below:-
Danehill & Fletching
39 We received 109 submissions in reference to this ward, and its communities’ relationship
with the neighbouring urban Uckfield wards. These submissions provided strong and compelling evidence to justify the removal of the Shortbridge area of Piltdown and the Isfield area from Uckfield into the proposed Danehill & Fletching ward. The submissions
described the rural nature of the ward to be clearly distinct from Uckfield and also the particularly strong community links between Shortbridge, Piltdown and the rest of the parish of Fletching. We are persuaded by the evidence received and are therefore
proposing to alter our recommendations to include the parish of Isfield and the Shortbridge area in the proposed Danehill & Fletching ward. The proposed ward would have a variance of 11% but we consider that the evidence provided regarding this change
was strong enough to justify this.
40 In addition, a number of the submissions also called for the inclusion of the parish of Little Horsted in the proposed Danehill & Fletching ward. The submissions provided evidence of community
links in the area, and proposed an alternative solution that would see the northern area of the Danehill & Fletching ward moved into the proposed Forest Row ward, to accommodate moving the parish of Little Horsted into Danehill & Fletching ward. However,
this would have resulted in an electoral variance of 16% for Forest Row and -17% for Uckfield Ridgewood & Little Horsted. No solution was provided to rectify these very high variances. We consider therefore that placing Little Horsted in Danehill &
Fletching would have detrimental effects to other wards within the district that cannot be justified based on the evidence received.
41 We therefore propose a Danehill & Fletching ward that contains Shortbridge and Isfield parish,
but not Little Horsted parish. We are content that the proposed ward provides for good adherence to the statutory criteria and are therefore confirming it as part of our final recommendations.