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Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

A review of the polling districts and polling places used for elections within the Boston Borough Council area commenced on 1 September 2014

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

Under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, all local authorities must undertake a review of all polling districts and polling places by 31 January 2015. Subsequent reviews must then take place every five years.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England recently conducted an electoral review of Boston Borough and published final recommendations which are available to view on the Boundary Commission's website www.lgbce.org.uk

The electoral review for the Boston Borough area will result in a reduction of the number of members from 32 to 30 and reduce the number of wards from 18 to 15. These changes will come into force at the next full Borough Council elections in May 2015.

Following the Electoral Review it is necessary to review the polling districts and polling places to realign them to the new wards. Polling districts are the areas into which Borough wards are divided and polling places are the locations of buildings in which polling stations are established.

A review of the polling districts and polling places used for elections within the Boston Borough Council area commenced on 1 September 2014 with the publication of the Notice of Review.

View the list of current polling districts and polling places for more information - a pdf file appears below with a pdf version of this article and the notice of review.

What does the review cover?

The review requires us to:

· Seek to ensure that all the electors in the area have reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances;

· Seek to ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable, every polling place is accessible to electors who are disabled and when considering the designation of a polling place, must have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons;

Please note that the following are not considered as part of the review:-

The changing of any ward boundaries (which can only be done by statute following an electoral review carried out by the Local Government Boundary commission). This review is concerned only with the administrative subdivision of the new wards into polling districts which are then assigned polling places.

Or,

The changing of polling districts in areas that are also aligned with Parish boundaries and therefore cannot be amended during this review.

The review process

The review started on 1 September 2014 and will be completed in November. The Returning Officer will prepare proposals for the future polling arrangements and these will be published on 1 October 2014. A consultation period will then run from 1 October to 24 October.

During the review representations and feedback on any aspect of the allocated polling areas or polling stations will be sought from:

· Members of Parliament

· Borough Councillors

· County Councillors

· Parish Councils via Parish Clerks

· Political Parties (who have stood at recent elections)

· Disability and Access Groups

· Persons / organisations with expertise in relation to premises or facilities for disabled persons

· In addition, any elector in the Boston Borough area can make a representation, which must include proposals for specified alternative polling places.

What happens next?

The Returning Officer's draft proposals are published here pdf icon Returning Officers' Draft Proposals October 2014 [285kb]. Anyone wishing to make representations on these proposals should submit their comments in writing by not later than 24 October 2014 to: Polling District and Polling Places Review, Electoral Services, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston PE21 8QR or by e-mail to Elreg@boston.gov.uk

Details of all representations received during the consultation will be published as part of the review.

A report outlining the proposals will be debated at the meeting of the Full Council on 1 December 2014 and a Notice of Conclusion of the Review will then be published.

The polling arrangements will then be kept under review. The next full review of polling districts and polling places will take place between October 2018 and January 2020.

For further information please contact the electoral services team on 01205 314224 or by e-mail Elreg@boston.gov.uk

Related documents

Size Name
[75kb] Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places The review of polling districts and polling places used for elections within Boston Borough
[151kb] Current wards and polling stations List of current wards and polling stations for reference during review of polling districts and places
[83kb] Notice of Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places Information on the review which commenced on 1st September 2014
[285kb] Returning Officers' Draft Proposals October 2014 Draft proposals for future polling arrangements

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.