Residents living in two of the Folkestone and Hythe district’s thirteen wards will be voting for a member of the Ashford Parliamentary constituency at the next general election.

New boundary lines which include wards around Hawkinge and Elham in the east  and Lyminge, Sellindge and Stelling Minnis in the west will balance the number of people voting for members of Parliament and has resulted in the change for North Downs East and North Downs West residents.

It is only the Parliamentary constituency boundary that is changing following the Boundary Commission’s review.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council will continue to collect council tax and provide local services in the two wards and elections for Folkestone & Hythe District Council and any parish or town council in the two wards will also continue as before.

Cllr Gary Fuller, Cabinet member for resident engagement and accountability, said:

“The change is just for the Parliamentary constituency and means that the district council area will in future be covered by two members of Parliament.

“The council is delivering leaflets to households in the two wards to explain the change and polling cards will be clearly marked.”

By Ed

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