Queensbury set to be part of Halifax as part of proposed election boundary changes

8th April 2010. 'Linda Riordan MP for Halifax.
8th April 2010. 'Linda Riordan MP for Halifax.

Queensbury is set to become part of Calderdale as part of proposed changes to constituency boundaries put forward by the Boundary Commission for England.

The Commission has been reassessing constituencies across the UK hearing suggestions from all political parties and local authorities.

Queensbury has historical links with Halifax having been part of an urban district with Shelf prior to the 1974 local government reorganisation.

Initial proposals had suggested that Worth Valley could become part of the Calder Valley and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe would become part of the Halifax constituency.

These have been revised so that Hipperholme and Lightcliffe will remain as part of Calder Valley and Worth Valley will remain as part of Keighley.

The report said: “The proposed inclusion of the Worth Valley ward in Calderdale was considered to cut across local ties, override local authority boundaries and create accessibility problems, especially in winter.”

The proposals will now be put to consultation for eight weeks until December 10, 2012.

After that, the findings will be presented to the Government and changes expected to come in to play in October 2013.

Halifax MP Linda Riordan said: “I think the sooner this issue is sorted out the better.

“I would be happy to work with any community both now and in the future, so It’s a now a case of waiting and seeing.

“My feeling is that, due to Tory/Lib Dem dither, the boundary proposals will not happen and Halifax and Calder Valley constituencies will stay as they are.”

Take part in the consultation at www.consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/static/