Polling districts, polling places and polling stations review 2017

Following a review of the borough’s ward boundaries by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England in March 2017 and a further period of Parliamentary scrutiny, revised electoral arrangements for Bexley were approved. These changes to Bexley’s Ward boundaries and these new ward arrangements will be in place for the local elections on 3 May 2018. The final recommendations from the Commission can be accessed at the review for Bexley.

Following the review outlined above, the number of wards in the borough is to reduce from 21 to 17, from 3 May 2018. As part of this decision, the number of local Councillors representing Bexley wards will reduce from 63 to 45 on that date.

By law, local authorities must review their polling districts, polling places and polling stations at least every four years and also following a review of the borough’s ward boundaries by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, as outlined above. (Polling districts are geographical areas that are sub-divisions of the Wards. A polling station will serve an individual polling district, so everyone living in a polling district will vote at the polling station for that district).

Following the review by the Commission in 2017, Bexley Council reviewed the borough’s population figures, the new Ward boundaries and the list of current polling stations and buildings that could be used as polling stations to develop the new polling districts and identify the most appropriate polling stations for those districts.

As part of this review of polling arrangements in the borough, during the summer of 2017, Bexley's residents were asked to have their say and to comment on the suitability of current polling stations and for ideas about possible alternatives.

As part of the review, comments were sought from members of the public, local political groups, Councillors, Members of Parliament and local voluntary/community groups. Comments were invited via an online survey, completion of a paper version of the survey, or by sending an e-mail or letter to the Electoral Services team at the Civic Offices. Hard copies of the Notice and questionnaire were made available from the Council’s Contact Centre at the Civic Offices, Bexleyheath, libraries and from the Electoral Services office.

After the Local Government Boundary Commission’s Review and the Council’s Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations were completed, a report was presented to the Council’s General Purposes Committee on 28 November 2017. At that meeting, the Committee considered the report, which set out the results of the Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations Review. The report provided details of the key objectives and requirements of the review, along with responses received as part of the consultation process. View the report.

The Committee agreed at that meeting that the changes detailed in the report be agreed and the changes will be adopted from 3 May 2018.

The borough’s Electoral Registration Officer published the annual Register of Electors on 1 December 2017, using the information based on the existing (old) ward boundaries, which were in place at that time.

The borough’s Electoral Registration Officer will update and republish the Electoral Register on 1 February 2018, which will incorporate all of the changes that have been made and will reflect the revised arrangements, showing the new wards. This is in preparation for the Local Elections on 3 May 2018.

View a map of the London Borough of Bexley (PDF, 4MB), showing the revised wards and polling districts.

Maps of the individual revised wards and polling districts:

Blue line = Parliamentary split (where applicable)
Red line = Polling district
Black line = Ward