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Change of polling station for some voters

Preparations for polling stations for the revised wards in Boston borough have been approved. The number of wards for the 2015 borough council elections has been reduced from 18 to 15 requiring revisions of polling district boundaries and polling stations for some voters.

Boston Borough Council has to divide the borough into polling districts, each with designated polling places.

One change will see voters who live in part of the current South Ward being moved across to the Wyberton Ward (the OF polling district). Around 370 residents living in some properties in Wyberton Low Road and the housing estate adjacent to St Thomas's School, Bell Court, Edison Way, Fleming Court, Sir Isaac Newton Drive, Stephenson Close and Whittle Close will have to cast their votes at the polling station at the Parish Hall in London Road, Wyberton. They formerly voted at St Thomas's School.

Cllrs Alison and Richard Austin objected to the move for voters from OF district on the grounds that they would have further to travel, especially the elderly without transport who would have to walk along and cross busy roads.

They wanted part of St Thomas's School to be used, but councillors were told this would mean an additional polling station being located there to cater for St Thomas's and Wyberton wards and lead to at least the partial closure of the school on polling day on safeguarding grounds. To avoid disrupting children's education and causing inconvenience to parents having to make childcare arrangements it was agreed that the OF polling district voters would have to cast their votes at Wyberton Parish Hall, within the Wyberton Ward. Postal votes are available for those who do not or cannot travel to the polling station. To apply for a postal vote contact the Electoral Services Team on 01205 314220 / 314221 or e-mail elreg@boston.gov.uk

Another part of the current South Ward has also been moved into the Wyberton Ward, where around 71 voters in the London Road area will be asked to go to Wyberton Parish Hall.

Some voters in the Hilldyke Ward of Fishtoft parish - previously Borough North Ward - will have to vote at Rochford Tower Hall, Rochford Tower Lane in Fishtoft. The boundary changes mean they can no longer use the polling station at Holy Trinity Church, Spilsby Road, Boston. The number of voters requires two polling stations at this location. With voters from the new Hilldyke Ward a third station would be needed there, and there would not be room.

All registered electors will be notified of the changes in advance of the May 7, 2015, elections and given information about having a postal vote.