It's long, but brief in comparison with that of the three main political parties, and I have yet to find the time to compile maps and tables of my 'proposed' constituencies for Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. I say 'proposed' because I am hoping others from these counties will, either individually or collectively, come up with their own proposals — all I have aimed to do with mine is to demonstrate that it can be done and that, as a consequence, Nottinghamshire can have its own MPS and there is no need for cross county border constituencies in the case of Nottinghamshire.
Nottingham South West & Beeston proposed constituency.
…but as my Wollaton West ward map shows, the links with Bilborough ward are actually much better and how can you ignore the Wollaton Park boundary wall which runs along the Derby Road, only breached by the prison like gatehouse which marks the park's southern entrance.
Nottingham West & Broxtowe proposed constituency.
The Bulwell wards can trace their roots back to Domesday and were once a township in their own right. They are pulled into the constituency and south by the Nottingham City Transport 'Orange' 35 bus route, which begins in Bulwell, then heads south through Cinderhill, Aspley, Broxtowe, Strelley, Bilborough and Wollaton Vale to the Derby Road and Lenton, before heading north east into the city centre. It runs every 10 minutes and shares its journey with other variants of the route. As a local historian I love this bus route for way it pulls places and people together. I use it for my favourite walk into rural Broxtowe and Strelley and if I am lucky, I may get a double-decker home and see Wollaton Hall across the rooftops and catch the city centre just beyond.
My proposed Wollaton West and Broxtowe constituency may seem to the untutored eye a motley collection of places, but look more closely and you see history and communities which share more than a bus route.
Nottingham Central & Arnold proposed constituency.