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Polling Districts, Polling Places & Polling Stations Review

Meeting: 23/01/2020 - Council (Item 13)

13 Polling Districts, Polling Places & Polling Stations Review (Agenda item 13) pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Report of Maxine O' Mahony, Executive Director for Strategy and Governance& Returning Officer.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Mark Stinson, the Executive Manager for Governance presented the report.

 

Section 16 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 introduced a requirement for local authorities to undertake a review of their Parliamentary polling districts and polling places every 4 years. The last review of the Breckland area was completed in the autumn of 2014. Subsequent amendments to this legislation by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 now means that all local authorities must undertake a review every 5 years, and the current round of reviews must be completed by 31st January 2020.

 

The differences between a ‘Polling District’, a ‘Polling Place’ and a ‘Polling Station’, and whose responsibility these came under, were explained.

 

As part of the review process (Acting) Returning Officers were required to make representations to the local authority on the existing polling stations and the polling stations that would likely be used on the proposed arrangements. These were published on 1st August and a consultation on these proposals ran until 11th September 2019.

 

Councillor Harvey thanked the Council for this review particularly in respect of St Martin’s Way which formed part of the review in relation to the new Polling District for Thetford Burrell (West).  He wholeheartedly supported the recommendations.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1)     the Polling Districts and Polling Places, as listed in Appendix 1 to this report, which include the following changes, be adopted: -

 

                           i.          The creation of a new Polling District SA2/1 Parish of Carbrooke (West), allowing for an additional Polling Station in the West of the Parish on the Carbrooke/Watton border(Appendix 2) as and when a suitable venue becomes available.

 

                          ii.          The creation of a new Polling District TBU3 Parish of Thetford Burrell (West), allowing for the residents of St Martin’s Way Canon Walk, Jubilee Close and Saxon Bank to vote at the Meet Up Café, St Martins Way, Thetford. (Appendix 3).

 

                        iii.          The creation of a new Polling District TBU4 Parish of Thetfoird Burrell (East) allowing for the residents of the St Michaels Road/Nunnery Drive area to vote at St Michaels Close Community Room, Thetford (Appendix 3).

 

2)     by law, the location of Polling Stations is the responsibility of the Returning Officer and to note the locations determined by the Returning Officer as listed in Appendix 1 to this report, which includes the following changes, be noted: -

 

                         i.        To relocate the Polling Station for Polling District DEN1 Parish of Dereham Neatherd (East) from the Dereham Cricket Club to the Dereham Football Club.

 

                        ii.        To relocate the Polling Station for Polling District HE2 Parish of Horningtoft from Horningtoft Manor Room to Whissonsett Village Hall.

 

                      iii.        The creation of a new Polling Station for Polling District TBU4 Thetford Burrell (East) at St Michaels Close Community Room, St Michaels Close, Thetford

 


Meeting: 31/10/2019 - Council (Item 117)

117 Polling Districts, Polling Places & Polling Stations Review (Agenda item 13)

Report of Maxine O' Mahony, Executive Director for Strategy and Governance& Returning Officer.

 

Additional documents:

  • Appendix 1 for Polling Districts, Polling Places & Polling Stations Review
  • Appendix 3, item 117 pdf icon PDF 185 KB
  • Appendix 2 for Polling Districts, Polling Places & Polling Stations Review

Minutes:

Due to the forthcoming Parliamentary Election, this item had been withdrawn.