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More on boundary changes

Blackheath boundary map before and after
Good article in the Telegraph about the nonsense of not releasing the actual maps.
Guardian mash up of the new boundary maps
Telegraph combining the Guardian’s maps with the existing boundaries.
(Animation above is based on the Blackheath bit of the Telegraph’s page).

PS- that’s my quota of animated GIFs used up for the year… probably…

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Boundary Changes

These boundary changes are completely baffling me. Because we live on the threshold of what would be called “Deptford & Greenwich” and “Lewisham & Catford” I’ve merged the two maps together as best I could. Hope it helps you make more sense of it.

The Graun have now put together an interactive map. Billed as “The map the boundary commission wouldn’t give out: England’s new constituencies”.

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Pushing the boundaries…

I was wondering why Darryl had made such a long and complicated description of the electoral boundary changes – why not just upload a map? Surely the maps outlining the electoral boundaries must be held in public, and be freely distributable?

Well, not exactly. There’s this wet blanket of a site, from Ordnance Survey (friends of the Free Our Data campaign). Good luck with zooming out. And you’re not allowed to view more than one constituency at a time… But why on earth would you want to do that? Ridiculous. And who paid for the creation of these maps? You and me (and probably your great-grandparents, come to think of it).

You are also not allowed to reproduce them. Unless you’re in Sweden and have a rather more relaxed view of copyright law… Someone appears to have uploaded a map showing the old boundaries around Blackheath in blue, and the new ones in red. Unchanged bits are in purple.


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Recognise this?

boundaries between lewisham and greenwich across blackheath
No, I didn’t think you would.

Is it the Berlin Wall (very topical)?


It’s the boundary line drawn across Blackheath. Hand me the honeycomb.

I sometimes imagine a Great Wall of Blackheath slapped right down the centre of the high street. It’s a really daft border – I only realised how daft it was when I wandered to the wrong polling station at the last local election. Greenwich is the bit on the right. Lewisham’s on the left. You can see the full boundary using this ingenious openstreetmap tool.

Boundary between Greenwich and Lewisham council boroughs in Blackheath

I’ve just been trying to find out whether Prime Time could be be turned into a bookies, as suggested in the comments page – so I’ve been to Lewisham Council’s planning pages, and typed in “3 Blackheath Village, London, SE3 9LA”… The cryptic messages suggested that we are actually talking about GreenwichLand, so I hopped over the border (without my passport) and went to the Greenwich Council planning website. Nothing there either. Which either means that

a) it hasn’t been sold yet
b) local council planning websites are hopeless, but planningalerts.com has been shut down
c) As shown below:

“But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.”

“Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything.”

“But the plans were on display …”

“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

“That’s the display department.”

“With a flashlight.”

“Ah, well the lights had probably gone.”

“So had the stairs.”

“But look, you found the notice didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’.”


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