Residents asked for their views after changes are made to polling stations and districts following resident feedback

Published: Friday, 23rd November 2018

Residents are being asked for further feedback on the location of polling stations and districts after alterations were made to proposals following resident feedback.

Residents were asked for their views on changes to polling stations and districts following the electoral boundary review undertaken by the Local Government Boundary Commission earlier this year, which reduced the number of wards from 23 currently to 19 from the May 2019 elections.

Following the initial consultation which took place between 1 October and 9 November this year a number of changes have been made, including:

  • Keeping the Pinkneys Green polling station at its current location of the Youth & Community Centre on Blenheim Road rather than moving it to the Cricket Club. This proposal was changed following feedback from residents that access to the Cricket Club may be more difficult than its current location of the cricket club.
  • All Datchet residents will now vote at the Village Hall rather than being split across two stations. This follows feedback from the Parish Council and local residents.
  • More electors who live in the Forlease Road area will be able to vote at Forest Bridge, as requested by residents.
  • The polling district boundaries in Clewer East polling boundary have been amended to allow residents in the west of Hermitage Lane to vote at Clewer First School rather than Kipling Court.

Residents now have the chance to give further feedback on both the changes to the scheme following the consultation and the scheme as a whole. This consultation will run from Friday 23 November until Friday 14 December.

Cllr Marius Gilmore, chair of the polling district working group said: “Getting resident feedback on these changes is a vital part of the process and I am pleased that we have been able to include many of the excellent suggestions from residents in our revised scheme.

“It’s very important that we now hear any final feedback from residents on these changes before they are introduced from the May 2019 election.”

Residents will be able to give their feedback on the proposed districts and stations by completing the questionnaire online or by downloading the form and returning it by post.

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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