Published: Fri 1st July, 2022
A consultation has been launched about proposed changes to polling districts, places and stations in Charnwood.
All 92 polling districts have been reviewed following changes to the borough’s ward boundaries which will come into effect for the local elections in May 2023.
Next year the current 28 ward boundaries in Charnwood will reduce to 24. The number of borough councillors will remain at 52 but it means most ward boundaries will change, except for two wards, Anstey, and Quorn & Mountsorrel. The boundary changes are the result of an independent review by the Boundary Commission.
All polling districts, places and polling stations have been reviewed by officers at Charnwood Borough Council and views are now being sought.
A polling district is a geographical area within a ward or constituency (there can be more than in each ward/constituency). Polling places are locations where polling stations are located and a polling station is the actual room people vote in (there can be more than one polling station in a polling place).
Proposed changes include the creation of some new polling districts, places and stations and the removal of others. Some larger polling districts are being proposed to be split into two to comply with Electoral Commission recommendations.
Among the proposed new polling stations are the Students’ Union at Loughborough University, Barrow Scout Hut, Brush Bowls Club in Loughborough, St Peter’s Centre in Loughborough and the Shepshed Word of Life Church.
Overall, the number of polling districts, places and stations will broadly be the same.
Polling districts are reviewed for various reasons including to ensure all electors have reasonable facilities for voting, they are accessible for people with disabilities and so ideally there should be no more than 2,500 electors voting in person at the polling station, in line with the recommendations of the Electoral Commission.
Rob Mitchell, Charnwood Borough Council Chief Executive and Returning Officer, said: “Reviews like this are important to ensure local voting arrangements are the best that they can be so people can cast their votes easily, safely and securely.
“I would encourage people to read the information available about the proposals and have a say. We welcome your feedback.”
People can find out more by reading the Council’s Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations Review 2022 document on the website. Visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/pollingdistrictreview.
The website also gives information on how to give your views. The deadline to submit representations is Monday, October 3, 2022.