Proposed Constituency Changes

2023 Bromley and Chislehurst [Proposed] Constituency Changes

Please find below a joint response from ourselves, the local civic society and Visit Chislehurst to the Electoral Boundary Review that will affect the Bromley and Chislehurst Constituency.     

This has been published on our website and our members have been informed about the review so they can make their own individual responses.

Members can comment on the review at the following URL: https://www.bcereviews.org.uk/

A boundary image can be found below our response at the bottom of this page.

Joanna Friel
Chair, Chislehurst Society

Mike Jack
Chair, Visit Chislehurst

Boundary Commission for England Letter

14th July 2021

To: Boundary Commission for England

We write in response to the proposed electoral boundary changes for Bromley and Chislehurst.  We have canvassed our 4000 members and feedback is firmly against the redrafted constituency which extends to Eltham in the London Borough of Greenwich.

The suggested change does not represent a homogenous geographical area. The A20 is a particularly physical barrier to any natural links between what is essentially an inner London Borough and the semi-rural outer London Borough in which Chislehurst is situated. 

Our community links do not reach northwards to Eltham and beyond; more, we relate to the Residents Association in Petts Wood and we are a member of the Cray Valley Partnership with whom we share the boundaries of Scadbury Park. In terms of business links, we have engaged with Orpington First which works in Orpington Town Centre. 

Any links with Eltham are tenuous and indeed we want to express our particular concerns regarding effectiveness of actions for an MP having to work across two separate Local Authorities. The complexity of communication across a Borough divide will adversely affect the implementation of any changes and developments. 

In addition, we do not think it helpful for any MP to have to work across two separate Borough Command Units or across the newly reorganised Local Authority ward boundaries. 

Bromley is the largest London Borough at 150 sq. km with a population density of 334,000 people.  Our health trust, Kings, operates from The Princess Royal Hospital at Locksbottom with a subsidiary hospital at Orpington and these are the natural direction of travel for any constituents.  Popular state schools are also at Orpington, namely St Olave’s and Newstead Woods.  

We see a ‘merger’ with Eltham as an illogical fit for the community and urge the Commission to redraw the new constituency within the natural border of the large Borough of Bromley. 

Proposed new “Eltham and Chislehurst” Constituency