A CAMPAIGN to stop Ellesmere Port being split in two by electoral boundary changes is gathering pace.
The Boundary Commission for England has drawn up proposals that split the 30-year-old constituency in two, so both have about 80,000 constituents and so there are 50 less MPs in Parliament.
The Mersey Banks constituency would take on most of Ellesmere Port, including Grange and Rossmore, Sutton and Manor, and Central and Westminster.
But Burton, Ness, Willaston, Elton, Mickle Trafford, Strawberry Fields, Groves, most of Whitby and Great and Little Sutton to the west of the A41 would join a Chester constituency, dismantling the 30-year-old Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.
Currently Ellesmere Port, Neston and villages such as Burton, Parkgate, Willaston, Elton and Mickle Trafford are unified under the Ellesmere Port and Neston banner.
But Mersey Banks incorporates the council wards of Eastham, Bromborough, Frodsham and Helsby, Weaver, and even Hale and Ditton across the Mersey.
In Great Sutton, the northern side of Green Lane in the Ledsham and Manor ward would be in the Chester constituency but the southern side of the road – in the Sutton and Manor ward – would be in Mersey Banks.
And if you live in Neston, Parkgate or Little Neston, you will be in the new Hoylake and Neston constituency, which includes most of the towns and villages on the Dee-side of the Wirral peninsula.
A Facebook group, Keep Ellesmere Port Together, has attracted more than 800 members.
Cllr Justin Madders (Central and Westminster) said: “There’s no problem with having balanced constituencies. In Cheshire we’re not far off that.
“It’s been reduced to a mathematical exercise, which, with the restrictions together with the reduction in MPs, is too much at once. It’s creating absurdities such as Mersey Banks.
“The police station will be in the Chester constituency and the other side of the road will be in Mersey Banks.”
The Boundary Commission for England is inviting views on the 2013 Review until December 5.