Boundary Commission

Proposed constituency boundary changes – moving half the Manhood Peninsula from Chichester to Bognor Regis

This is a map of the new proposed constituency of Bognor Regis in red and the current constituency in blue.

What are the changes?

They propose to split the Manhood Peninsula down the middle and move Selsey, Sidlesham, Hunston, North and South Mundham, Runcton, Oving and Tangmere into a new Bognor Regis Constituency out of the current Chichester Constituency.

Why does this make no sense?

Manhood residents overwhelmingly send their children to school in Chichester, attend places of worship in Chichester, go to the Library in Chichester, all our community links are based in Chichester.

The Manhood Peninsula is a unique entity of itself, separated from Bognor Regis by Pagham Harbour with no west/east roads. Access to Bognor Regis from the Manhood can only be gained by driving to Chichester, along the over-crowded A27, and then south on the A259 or B2166 (or from the B2145 to go south through North Mundham).

Splitting the Peninsula in half displays a lack of local knowledge, there are no ties that bind half of the Manhood Peninsula to Bognor Regis. The Manhood needs to remain intact as a single entity within the Chichester Constituency.

Why does this matter?

A constituency represents its population. The Manhood Peninsula has a unique identity as a whole, not a half. Working to ensure the Manhood’s voice is heard in Chichester has been a challenge in itself. Having it split in two will mean even less recognition of our specific concerns and less ability for us to truly work together to conserve our unique peninsula.

What happens next?

The public consultation closed in August 2021.

Early 2022: The Boundary Commission will publish responses to initial proposals and conduct a six-week 'secondary consultation', including between two and five public hearings in each region; Late 2022: Publish revised proposals and conduct four-week written consultation; June 2023: Submit and publish final report and recommendations.

As soon as anything is published, we will let you know

How can you support the Manhood Peninsula Action Group?

How can you support the Manhood Peninsula Action Group?