How to use this site
Navigating to the area you are interested in
From the Home page, in the 'Find your constituency' section, either:
- type in a postcode for the area you are interested in; or
- click in the 'Search by region' box, then click on one of the nine English regions that you are interested in.
Click the 'Go to...' button for the search type you used.
A map will display, either zoomed into the proposed constituency that covers the postcode you entered (the heading above the map will also say the name of that proposed constituency), or zoomed out to display a whole region you selected. You can then manually zoom in or out using the + and - buttons on the map, a mouse scroll-wheel, or the touch functionality of your device. You can click/touch and drag the map around to see other areas, or jump directly to another area by entering a different postcode in the box above the map and clicking 'Search'.
Viewing the existing and proposed boundaries in an area
After navigating to the area you are interested in (see above), click on the 'Boundaries' button above the map. You can then toggle on and off the different constituency (existing and proposed) and local government boundaries displayed on the map. You can also toggle on and off the names of these constituencies and local government units.
Seeing the consultation responses that others have made
Once on a map page (see above), you can either browse comments displayed geographically on that map, or go directly to the table display of representations received.
- Comments on the map: Consultation responses are associated with ‘pins’ that appear on the map by default. To toggle map pins on and off, click the ‘Comments’ button at the top left of the map, and tick or untick the box to display comments. Each map pin represents the local authority ward for that area, and each consultation response received has been associated with one of these wards: either a ward that is particularly relevant to the response, or where there is no obvious such ward, the ward the respondent’s address relates to. Click on a pin to see the response(s) pegged to that ward. If there is only one such response, short summary information for it will appear in a box on top of the map, and you can click the link in that to go to the full response. If there are multiple responses from or relating to that ward, the summaries of these will appear listed BELOW the map screen: click on the link in any one to be taken to the full response. Please note: large-scale responses for the region (generally those that relate to a sub-region or larger area) do not appear associated with any pin on the map, but are instead listed individually under the ‘Useful Links’ section below the map. Click on one of these to be taken directly to that response. Responses that are not about any particular geographic area also do not appear on a map pin, but can be found in the table listing (see below) by selecting 'General' as the Region filter.
- Comments in a table: Simply click on the ‘View Comments’ button at the top right above the map. This will take you to a table display of all consultation responses received. Here you can search for a particular response by word (name of respondent or area of interest) or number (unique response number or postcode of area of interest). You can also filter the table to only display responses that have one - or a combination of various - characteristics, e.g. only those for a particular region or existing constituency, those from an MP, and/or those that include a specific alternative to our proposals. Click on the ‘View’ link for any entry to be taken to the full response.
Making a consultation response of your own
After navigating to the area you are interested in (see above) and wish to comment about, you can either make a comment that relates to one or more specific areas, or make a general comment:
- Commenting on particular area(s) - click the 'Make a Comment' button above the map. Then click the map for the particular area your comment relates to (or one of those areas if your comment relates to multiple areas). You will then be asked to confirm your choice of area (the pointer of the confirmation pop-up box will be pointing to where you clicked). Click 'Yes' when the confirmation pop-up is pointing at an area on which you wish to comment.
- Making a general comment not related to any particular area - Below the map, under the 'Useful link' heading, click on the 'Make a general comment' link.
You will be taken to a new screen that allows you to enter your details, the text of your comment, and upload associated files (e.g. a prepared response you have already typed into a document, materials to support your comments, and/or a visual file that you may have created to display your alternative proposal). We welcome all comments on our proposals, but where you disagree, we are very interested to see detailed alternatives that you would propose instead. If you would like to try mapping out a detailed alternative, online tools exist to support you in doing so, such as the 'Plan Builder' (a constituency scheme you build in that website can be exported as a file that you can then upload to us using this website).
Comments can only be submitted via this website within the defined consultation periods. The Commission cannot accept consultation responses outside of these dates via this website or any other means.
Viewing electorate numbers for a ward or proposed constituency
After navigating to the area you are interested in (see above), first click the 'Boundaries' button and toggle on the type of administrative unit(s) that you want to know the electorate for (i.e. constituency or local authority ward). Then click the 'Data' button above the map, and then click on a point on the map. Below the map will be displayed the Parliamentary electorate for the administrative unit(s) that cover the area you clicked.
After navigating to the area you are interested in and displaying the boundaries and data you want (see above sections), click on the 'Print' button above the map. You will be taken to the print function of your device, set to print the whole of the page you were on, including the map as you were viewing it and any electorate data displayed.
After navigating to the map page (see above), clicking on the 'Help' button provides a summary of much of the information above, but also explains some of the icons and terms used on the site.
If you still have difficulties using this site, please contact us for additional support, on 020 7276 1102 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will respond as soon as possible within regular working hours (Monday-Friday, 0900-1700). If you have any difficulty submitting your views through this website, you can alternatively do so by email (to the same email address) or in hard copy to us at 35 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BQ.