Residents asked for their views on proposed polling districts and polling places

Published: Monday, 1st October 2018

Polling places and polling districts could be changing location following the electoral boundary review and we want to hear your views.

The electoral boundary review was undertaken by the Local Government Boundary Commission earlier this year and  saw a number of changes to ward boundaries including reducing the number of wards from 23 currently to 19 from the May 2019 elections. This has resulted in the need for current polling districts and polling places (also known as polling stations) to be reviewed to ensure that they remain convenient and accessible for electors casting their vote.

There are 61 polling districts proposed in the provisional scheme. Within the scheme, boundaries and polling places will remain the same for 31 of the polling districts, while amends are proposed to 30 polling district boundaries and/or polling places, as a result of the changes made to the ward boundaries by the electoral review.

Cllr Marius Gilmore, chair of the elector boundary review working group said: “Every effort has been made to ensure that the proposed districts and stations either reduce the distance that residents need to travel to get to their polling station or that it remains the same.

“It is vital that we hear from residents to hear their views to ensure that everyone has easy access to a polling station near them.”

Residents will be able to give their feedback on the proposed districts and stations by downloading the form and returning it by email or post, more information can be found here on our website.

The Royal Borough is required to review its polling districts and stations every four years but on this occasion the electoral ward boundary review means that a review of the districts and changes is needed before the next set of scheduled elections.

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