The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) are asking members of the public for their views on the proposals to change Parliamentary constituencies. Responses can be made at: https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/add/informed-representation/6485
An initial 12-week consultation was held in the autumn of last year, where people had the opportunity to comment on the initial draft proposals. These responses have now been published, and the second stage of the review closes on 27 March.
Among the respondents was Rt Hon David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford. Mr Evennett’s initial submission can be found at: https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/31361/view. He has also made representations for the second stage of the review.
Mr Evennett commented: “I have objected to the Parliamentary Boundary Commission proposal to place St Michael’s Ward in the new Woolwich constituency, as historically and geographically there are no links between the two areas. I have urged the Commission to think again, taking into account the strong community ties St Michael’s Ward has with the towns of Welling and Bexleyheath.”
“I am also concerned about plans to split Bexleyheath across three Parliamentary constituencies, and I believe the town of Bexleyheath should be recognised in the name of the new constituency.”
A copy of Mr Evennett’s second submission is included below:
RE: Publication of responses to the Boundary Commission’s draft proposals for London Borough of Bexley
I am writing following the recent publication of responses to the 2018 Parliamentary Boundary Review.
I am pleased there have been so many responses from Bexley residents, and I note that in our area it is clear there is a very strong feeling that the Commission should avoid splitting local towns over different Parliamentary constituencies. Most respondents are concerned about historical, geographical, and local ties being severed by the original proposals, particularly in Bexleyheath, Welling, and Thamesmead towns. This is an issue I too highlighted in my first submission.
Having thoroughly analysed the submissions that impact upon Bexley constituencies, and looked in detail at the alternative proposals, I believe the Conservative Party’s main submission is the one that best addresses the real concerns of communities in the Borough.
There is, of course, the second proposal submitted by the Conservative Party which does not involve crossing a ward boundary, but maintains community and geographical ties. This is the only other feasible alternative submitted so far.
I would also like to reiterate my strong support for the inclusion of Bexleyheath in the name of the new constituency as this is the main town in the Borough.
Rt Hon David Evennett MP
Bexleyheath and Crayford