The last time Bexley council was seriously involved in discussions with the Boundaries Commission was when
the ruling Tories thought it would be a good idea
to lend left leaning Erith & Thamesmead some parliamentary votes from true
blue Sidcup which has a strong enough Conservative majority to be able to spare
them. Then to balance up the numbers, some Erith votes could be shunted into
Bexleyheath and Crayford, but not enough to push that right leaning constituency into Labour’s hands.
I loved some of their justifications for that ruse. The best must have been that Erith and Welling both produced arms during the First World War.
Shuffling votes around in that way was a very cunning trick, immoral but clever, but unfortunately for the ruling clique the Boundaries Commission saw right through it.
Now it’s council ward territories that are under discussion. As a compromise between the existing 63 wards and the threatened 18, Bexley’s councillors have united behind a figure of 45.
Today the subject has reached the consultation stage and residents are invited to say have their say.
Probably you should get in quick, in all probability residents will be wildly enthusiastic to give their opinion.