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Warning community ties will be broken if Whittington and Streethay are moved out of Lichfield voting boundary

Community ties in Lichfield risk being broken if voting boundaries are changed, the chairman of the local Conservative Association has warned.

The Burton Road through Streethay

The Burton Road through Streethay

The Boundary Commission has drawn up proposals which would see Streethay and Whittington moved into the Tamworth constituency.

The plans have already been branded as “nonsense” by Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant, and now a letter from Lichfield Conservative Association chairman Jonathan Hall has warned of the impact such a change could have.

“We have significant issues with the inclusion of Whittington and Streethay in the proposed Tamworth constituency,” he said.

“This is because it will significantly break local community ties in the Lichfield area.”

The changes were drawn up in a bid to balance out voter numbers between different parliamentary constituencies.

But Mr Hall said the Conservative Association believed Hammerwich with Wall would be a better fit for the Tamworth constituency.

He added that moving Streethay and Whittington from Lichfield did not make sense.

“Streethay, while not within Lichfield city, represents a northern extension of the city, especially since recent housing developments were completed,” Mr Hall said.

“This continuity will become further marked once the Miller Homes development of 750 houses is completed.

“Whittington, some three miles from Lichfield’s centre, has a long history of links to Lichfield. It’s local geography points it much more closely to Lichfield than Tamworth with lanes leading directly into Lichfield.

Streethay parish councillor Harry Warburton has also voiced his concerns over the proposals.

He said the area was “too close” to Lichfield to be moved into another constituency.

“Due to social, historic and geographic links, the parish council would like Streethay to remain in the Lichfield parliamentary constituency,” said Cllr Warburton.

“It has taken a huge amount of homes from the Lichfield urban housing requirement and people moving here will expect to be in Lichfield as only a railway line divides it from the city.

“If the current proposed changes went ahead, people leaving the A5127 onto the A38 would drive through the Tamworth constituency at Streethay and then back into the Lichfield constituency of Fradley, which would be nonsensical.”

Responses to the consultation over the proposed ward changes have now been published on the Boundary Commission website.

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