Charlton could be represented by three different MPs under proposals to redraw parliamentary constituencies in England.
At present, most of the area is represented by Labour’s Matt Pennycook as part of Greenwich & Woolwich, with a small area to the south of Charlton Park – the area in the Kidbrooke with Hornfair ward – coming under Clive Efford’s Eltham constituency.
But new proposals from the Boundary Commission, aimed at reducing the number of MPs, see the Greenwich & Woolwich seat split up and Charlton divided even further.
Peninsula ward, which covers the area of SE7 north of the railway line and west of Ransom Walk, would go into a Greenwich & Deptford seat stretching to the New Cross, Brockley and Lee Green wards of Lewisham borough.
Meanwhile, Charlton ward itself, along with Woolwich Riverside, gets parcelled off into a “Woolwich” seat which includes the western half of Thamesmead, but reaches down into Bexleyheath (or, strictly speaking, the St Michael’s ward of Bexley borough).
Oddly, this seat splits Woolwich too, with the Woolwich Common ward joining Kidbrooke with Hornfair in an enlarged Eltham seat.
It’s hard to see the links between the two ends of the “Woolwich” seat, although bus users may note that it roughly follows the line of route 422.
But this isn’t the end of it – the proposals are going out to review and are likely to change. A previous set of proposals suggested splitting Charlton in a similar fashion, then complaints saw most of the area taken into an odd Eltham & Charlton seat before the whole idea was abandoned.
Furthermore, the council wards that these constituencies are built around are due to be redrawn after 2018 to take into account Greenwich borough’s population increases.
What does seem clear, though, is that boundary-drawers seem to be very keen to break the link between Charlton and Greenwich that has existed for well over a century.
You can see the proposals – and comment yourself- at bce2018.org.uk.
1.45pm update: You can try makig your own constituencies at boundaryassistant.org.