Most Londoners should find tracking down the right voting station a straightforward task for this year’s local elections on May 5.

But for voters in Bromley, it may not be as clear cut.

Residents of some South London neighbourhoods face a unique issue whenever election time comes around.

That’s because one part of Bromley crosses paths with several other boroughs of the capital.

In areas like Crystal Palace in the north-west of Bromley, the true nature of London’s occasionally strange boundaries can be seen.

Crystal Palace straddles four seperate London councils, resulting in a unique situation where one area is represented by 14 different councillors across four councils.

Bromley controls the east, Lambeth is in charge in the west, Southwark reigns over the north, and Croydon has responsibilities over the south.

On election day, residents of Crystal Palace may have to double check exactly where they are supposed to vote, and who exactly they are voting for.

Locals in some parts will find themselves only a few streets away from two or three other boroughs, holding local elections on entirely different issues.

Any issues relating to the historic Crystal Palace park however comes under the remit of Bromley Council, until it hands over the reigns to a trust next year.

The border crossover means Crystal Palace also has healthy representation in parliament with three Labour MPs.

Ellie Reeves is the MP for Lewisham West and Penge after her 2017 election. Steve Reed is the MP for Croydon North. And Helen Hayes is the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood.

The area has even more representation in the London Assembly, where four assembly members have Crystal Palace in some part of their constituency.

Election boundaries may also prove a slight issue elsewhere in the borough.

Much of south Bromley sits close to the county of Kent, and shares some of its postcode districts and trademark long-winding country roads, but still registers as being as part of a London borough.

This means regardless of their address being registered as part of Kent, Bromley voters will still be voting for a London candidate.

Bromley was a part of Kent until 1965 when sweeping local Government reforms kicked in.

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