The London Borough of Bexley is situated in the south-east of London, in a key location in the Thames Gateway between major growth areas in London and Kent. The population is currently estimated to be almost 250,000, and the borough covers an area of 23 square miles (6,400 hectares).
With Bexleyheath at its centre, Bexley has four major district centres – Crayford, Erith, Sidcup and Welling. Transport connections are excellent both into and out of central London.
Bexley is one of the greenest boroughs in London with over 100 parks and open spaces. Bexley is close to the M25 as well as access to Europe through the high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link station at Ebbsfleet and the A2/A20 run through the borough. The arrival of the Elizabeth Line providing services to Abbey Wood will provide fast and reliable links into central London and beyond.
Bexley has a wealth of amenities, ranging from libraries and historic buildings through to modern leisure centres, a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars and a varied range of shops spread across 52 neighbourhood shopping centres. Just a short drive away is the fabulous Bluewater, Europe’s largest and most innovative retail and leisure destination.
Education in Bexley is also given a high priority, with 72 schools, including a number of selective Grammar Schools, and four colleges in the borough. Children and young people (under 25) account for almost a third of the population, whilst older people (aged 65 and over) account for a sixth. Projections to 2050 indicate that over-65s will account for 22% of our population, and that our over-75 population will almost double.
Our demographics are changing and the borough is becoming more diverse. In the 2011 Census, the Black and minority ethnic population accounted for 18%. This was estimated at 22% in 2017 and projected to rise to 27% by 2030