LAST CHANCE: To have your say on plans to ‘split Bexleyheath’ and move a Welling ward into Woolwich
PUBLISHED: 15:22 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 21 March 2017
The Boundary Commission are asking the public for their views
A long-serving Bexley MP has raised objections to proposed parliamentary boundary changes.
David Evennett was first elected as an MP in the borough in 1983, serving Erith and Crayford until 1997, when the ward was split into Erith and Thamesmead and Crayford and Bexleyheath.
After losing to Labour in 1997, he was elected for the Bexleyheath and Crayford ward in 2005.
Now the Tory MP has voiced opposition to proposals from the Boundary Commission for England.
The BCE has suggested placing St Michael’s ward in Welling into a new Woolwich constituency, while also splitting Bexleyheath across several constituencies.
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 consultation ran in the autumn for people to comment, and now a second chance for people to voice their opinions is about to run out.
The second stage of the review closes on March 27.
To find out more and respond, click here.