The Boundary Commission for England is an independent and impartial non-departmental public body which is responsible for reviewing Parliamentary constituency boundaries in England.
They are tasked with periodically reviewing the boundaries of all the Parliamentary constituencies in England. They are currently conducting a review on the basis of new rules laid down by Parliament. These rules involve a significant reduction in the number of constituencies in England (from 533 to 502), and require that every constituency – apart from two specified exceptions – must have an electorate that is no smaller than 72,810 and no larger than 80,473.
61. In Lewisham, we propose a Lewisham and Catford constituency containing eight wards, including one (Lewisham Central) from the existing Lewisham, Deptford constituency and one (Bellingham) from the existing Lewisham West and Penge constituency. The four remaining Lewisham wards are included in a Dulwich and Sydenham constituency with the four southernmost wards from Southwark.
The review has been published and I’ve quickly scanned through it to see how this effects Catford and Lewisham:
|20. Deptford and Greenwich BC||75,986|
|21. Dulwich and Sydenham BC||73,152|
|42. Lewisham and Catford BC||75,757|
The Boundary Commission is consulting on initial proposals for a 12-week period, from 13 September 2011 to 5 December 2011. You are encouraged to use this opportunity to contribute to the design of the new constituencies – the more public views they hear, the more informed their decisions will be when analysing all the views that they receive.
A public hearing will be held at Lewisham Town Hall, Catford on Monday 24 – Tuesday 25 October 2011.