About the ward

Blackheath Westcombe ward map 2Blackheath Westcombe ward is in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in south-east London, and lies on the eastern side of the Heath and Greenwich Park.

The ward is bounded to the north by the railway line between Maze Hill and Westcombe Park stations, and to the east by the A102/A2 motorway. Its southern boundary runs from Thomas Tallis School along Blackheath Park to Blackheath Village, which is partly in Blackheath Westcombe ward but mostly in the neighbouring Blackheath ward in the borough of Lewisham.

The Royal Standard shops are at the heart of the ward, which also has John Roan and Invicta schools within its boundaries. This is a diverse area: Blackheath Westcombe ward contains much private housing  and some of Greenwich’s most impressive historic buildings – the Paragon, Vanbrugh Castle and Morden College – but has also a number of council housing estates and pockets of deprivation.

Elections here are always close. Of London’s 600 council wards, Blackheath Westcombe  is the only one whose three councillors have always been a mixture of Labour and Conservative since the last boundary changes in 2002.

In 2002, two Labour councillors (Alex Grant and Annie Keys) were elected and the third seat was won by a Conservative, who defeated Labour’s third candidate Matthew Stiles by just four votes.  In 2006, Alex Grant was re-elected and Labour’s other candidates, Silke Thomson and Jean Bloch, missed out by only about 100 votes.  In 2010 Labour’s candidates were Alex Grant, David Gardner and Pat Boadu-Darko. Two of the seats were won by Conservatives again, but Alex topped the poll by 80 votes and Labour came within just 1% (22 votes) of getting a second council seat. In 2014 Alex Grant retired after 16 years as a councillor and two Labour candidates, Paul Morrissey and Cherry Parker, topped the poll and were elected as councillors. Labour’s third candidate, Damien Welfare, missed out by just 72 votes.

Here you can find out what’s going on in the Blackheath and Westcombe Park area, and see what Labour’s team is doing to improve the area and stand up for its residents – whoever they vote for.

We’d like to hear what you have to say about Blackheath Westcombe – and how we can improve public services in the area. To contact us, either leave a comment on the blog – or email bwlabour@googlemail.com

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