FAREHAM has provoked a row after saying it wants Horndean dropped from the name of a new electoral constituency.
Under the proposals, the existing Fareham ward will be carved up between four new ones – including one planned to be called Fareham and Horndean.
But in its official response to the Boundary Commission on the changes, Fareham Borough Council is suggesting that the new seat be called simply Fareham – despite including areas such as Cowplain, Denmead and Horndean.
Cllr Sara Schillemore, who represents Horndean for East Hampshire District Council, said: ‘I’m disappointed that Fareham doesn’t want to acknowledge that we exist.
‘The Horndean area is quite a large conurbation that contains a lot of people.
‘I’m not convinced that this whole process is the best way to go anyway – it will be a great shame to lose the Meon Valley seat.
‘Our MP George Hollingbery has worked so hard and knows his constituency inside out.’
But Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham council, said: ‘It could have chosen any one of 10 village’s names, but the last time we had a constituency that looked something like this, it was called Fareham.
‘It’s a similar situation to Gosport including Hill Head and Stubbington.
‘It’s called Gosport because that’s where the majority of the people live and that’s what would be the case with this constituency.’
The council says that while it supports the principle of making the number of electors in each constituency around the UK equal, it ‘regrets that number of electors is the only criterion used at the expense of historic district boundaries and community identity’.
The council’s statement added: ‘This will lead to public confusion and will result in MPs having no single community on which to focus.
‘Within the borough of Fareham, residents will now have four MPs between them and the council will need to conduct business with four MPs.’