This article was published on March 15, 2022 and information contained within may now be out of date.
Time is running out to have your say on the proposed Boston and Skegness constituency boundary changes with some of Spilsby’s neighbouring villages set to be affected.
As we reported in June 2021, some villages around the Spilsby area are set to move constituency in an electoral boundary shake-up proposed by the Boundary Commission. Under the proposals villages such as Halton Holegate, Toynton All Saints, East Kirkby, East and West Keal, and others will move from the Louth and Horncastle constituency into the Skegness and Boston constituency as the boundary lines are redrawn, with Spilsby itself remaining in Louth and Horncastle.
This means that a number of residents in the area will be represented by a different MP to residents in Spilsby. A map of the changes can be seen at the bottom of the page, with the blue lines showing the current boundaries and the proposed boundary marked in red.
The boundary is set to move to the very edge of Spilsby to the east, cutting between the Lady Jane Franklin estate and Halton Holegate, and near the A16 layby between Spilsby and Toynton All Saints to the south of the town. Partney will remain in the Louth and Horncastle constituency.
Some boundary changes are hotly contested as they can shift the power in constituencies between political parties, which is unlikely to be the case in Lincolnshire due to overwhelming electoral support for the Conservatives locally. The changes are highly unlikely to affect the outcome of any future elections by themselves.
The very few comments left so far on the Boundary Commission website are broadly against the changes for the residents affected with mixed or positive comments from those who are unaffected.
The Boundary Commission is accepting comments on the proposed changes until April 4th, ahead of the planned 2023 implementation date. Further information can be found on the Boundary Commission website.