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View Poll Results: Should the counties in the South West region be changed?

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  • Somerset should be in the South West region

    14 26.42%
  • Somerset (inc. Bath and Bristol) should be in the South West region

    18 33.96%
  • Somerset (inc. Bath and Bristol), Wiltshire and Dorset should be in the South West region

    21 39.62%
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Thread: UK Regions - changes to South West England - Poll

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    Default UK Regions - changes to South West England - Poll

    There has been some discussion in the Facebook UK & Ireland GC Reviewers & Community Tea Bar and forums about the South West region of the UK and which counties it should include. At the moment the majority of caches submitted in Somerset (and Bristol/Bath) are listed by their owners as South West. Some caches from Wiltshire are also listed in the South West and some caches from Dorset are listed as South West. This causes a problem for us reviewers as we have to then either change the region ourselves or get the cache owners to do so. It also makes it difficult for the community where for example you think Somerset should be South West but isn't always included in searchs for that region. The current region for Southern England covers a lot of counties including Somerset (and Bristol/Bath which are the Unitary Authority of North East Somerset), Wiltshire and Dorset as well as Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Perhaps a West of England region would be an idea but we won't be able to get a new region created.

    What effect will moving a county to another region have? None really because the current UK Regions map is a guide only and the actual region (South West/Southern England) won't change it's name, it will just have more (or less) counties in it.

    The poll is to get your feelings about where the counties should be. You can only vote for one suggestion. Please note the results of this poll are not binding and it is just to find out what the community feels about this. However if there is a majority voting for a change then this can be impleted quite easily.

    Before voting please take a look at the current UK Regions map for the South of England. Remember, we can't add a new region it is the boundary of the South West region that is under discussion.

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    Definitely Somerset.
    No to Bristol.

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    So many of the 'official' departments have Somerset and Wiltshire & BRISTOl as being in the Sth West so I cant see why we shouldn't

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    So many of the 'official' departments have Somerset and Wiltshire & BRISTOl as being in the Sth West so I cant see why we shouldn't
    Met Office map, the black line marks the boundary as they seee it
    Last edited by DrDick&Vick; 25th January 2011 at 01:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrDick&Vick View Post
    So many of the 'official' departments have Somerset and Wiltshire & BRISTOl as being in the Sth West so I cant see why we shouldn't
    Met Office map, the black line marks the boundary as they seee it
    But the Met Office only has South West and South East - hence the New Forest being classed as South East rather than South.

    If we split England into four lumps then yes, Bristol's south west. But there are far more boundaries than the Met Office uses. Bristol's West, not South West......

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    I'd be happy to see all the above-mentioned areas listed as South West. But of course this is one of those issues where you can't please everyone whatever you do, and I think that perhaps the option which is likely to be acceptable to the greatest number is moving Somerset to the SW and leaving the rest where they are, so that's how I've voted.
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    Haven't voted.
    Doesn't seem to be an option to fit my thoughts!

    South West.

    Somerset. Yes.
    Dorset. Probably.
    Why? They're on the 'sticky out' bit of the map.

    Wiltshire. No.

    Bristol? Probably more 'Yes' than 'No'.
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    Not that I cache down there as much as I'd like to, but I'd include Somerset (& Bath & Bristol) in the southwest.

    After a family debate, we're not sure whether to include Dorset or not, but would leave Wiltshire where it is.

    Chris & Sylvie (Matthew 7:7 Too)

    PS: Up our way, I find caches in North Staffordshire being put in NorthWest England by some cache owners instead of the West Midlands!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew 7:7 Too View Post
    PS: Up our way, I find caches in North Staffordshire being put in NorthWest England by some cache owners instead of the West Midlands!
    We have Staffordshire caches (in the West Midlands) listed as North West and the East Midlands plus the West Midlands.

    Back on topic:
    I have not voted, as I am not down there but the South West is where I would logically think of it being, Somerset that is, along with Bristol and Bath But not Wiltshire. To me SW should be Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Bristol.

    Edit to add in other counties.
    Last edited by Gushoneybun; 25th January 2011 at 07:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear and Ragged View Post
    Haven't voted.
    Doesn't seem to be an option to fit my thoughts!

    South West.

    Somerset. Yes.
    Dorset. Probably.
    Why? They're on the 'sticky out' bit of the map.

    Wiltshire. No.

    Bristol? Probably more 'Yes' than 'No'.
    Agree. I've voted for the middle option but would have included Dorset had there been an option.

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    Somerset: Yes
    Dorset: Yes
    Wiltshire: No!
    Bristol: Possibly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey View Post
    Somerset: Yes
    Dorset: Yes
    Wiltshire: No!
    Bristol: Possibly.
    That's what I would say too, but then I've never been to Bristol.opcorn:

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    Put my vote in for the middle option. But looking at the current poll results it would appear almost a dead heat for all the options !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey View Post
    Somerset: Yes
    Dorset: Yes
    Wiltshire: No!
    Bristol: Possibly.
    I voted for the middle one (I think ), but the above would make more sense to me but isn't an option. I'd definitely say Bristol is South West. But its all relative. To some people, Manchester isn't in the Midlands. h34r:

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    I don't think the Somerset issue should be looked at in isolation - the whole country should be reviewed. Regions should then be based on some already recognised 'official' definition. Alternatively, scrap the idea of regions altogether and base it just on Counties/Unitary authorities *reaches for can opener and large can of worms*

    One further thought - why does the CO need to specify it anyway? Could it not be made automatic?
    Last edited by g0akh; 26th January 2011 at 11:33 AM. Reason: Addition made

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