Agenda item

Draft Proposals for New Polling Districts and Polling Places


The Chief Executive and Returning Officer, John Hooton, the Head of Electoral Services, John Bailey, and the Head of Assurance and Business Development, Emily Bowler, presented a report which set out draft proposals for new polling districts and polling places which would come into effect in May 2022 when the new ward boundaries come into effect.


The Committee noted that the proposals had already been subject to initial scrutiny by a cross party Member Reference Group.  It was noted that the overall proposals were considered to have merit and any further representations from the Groups could be made as part of the consultation process. 


Officers were requested to consider road safety issues as part of their post-consultation review of proposed polling place venues. 


Responding to a question from the Committee, the Head of Electoral Services reported that officers were seeking to have an even distribution of polling places across wards. 


RESOLVED that the Committee note the Returning Officer’s proposals, as detailed within Appendices 1 to 26, ahead of the six-week statutory public consultation that will take place between mid-October and December 2021.


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