|Green fields sacrificed to more and more houses|
According to the Office for National Statistics the average electoral ward has a population of 5,500. The Lib Dems 3,500 new houses could bring with them enough voters for at least one new ward and require some adjustments in existing wards.
At a national level proposed boundary changes have revealed weaknesses and divisions in the Conservative dominated coalition. All parties try to extract the maximum political advantage when constituency boundaries change. Lobbying by Labour and Lib Dems has resulted in the Boundary Commission withdrawing its proposals for a new parliamentary constituency for Hedge End and Hamble.
In Hedge End, the Lib Dems have disproportionate control over our local government with all seven Borough councillors and 20 out of 21 town councillors. If the local Labour and Conservative campaigners are not careful, there could be a boundaries carve up entirely to the benefit of the Lib Dems.