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Proposed Changes To Scarborough Borough Polling Stations

Proposed Changes To Scarborough Borough Polling Stations

Published by Karen Liu at 1:27pm 21st October 2019.

Scarborough Borough Council is consulting on proposed changes to the location of some polling stations in four of the borough’s wards due to the unavailability and unsuitability of previously used locations.

Changes are being recommended for Mayfield and Streonshalh wards in Whitby and Castle and Woodlands wards in Scarborough.

In Mayfield ward, Caedmon College would no longer be a polling station and voters would instead vote at Kirkham Close Community Centre. It is also recommended that Stakesby Community Primary School is replaced as a polling station by Marton Court Community Centre.

In Streonshalh ward, it is proposed that the Salvation Army building is formally replaced as a polling station by the nearby Eastside Community Centre, which was used as a temporary polling station for the first time in May this year.

Voters that have previously used Friarage School as a polling station in Scarborough’s Castle ward would instead vote at Queen Street Methodist Church Hall and in Woodlands ward, it is being recommended to stop using Barrowcliff School as a polling station and instead use Briercliffe Children’s Centre nearby.

Kerry Russett, Scarborough Borough Council’s Elections, Transformation and Civic Manager said:

“Four out of the five proposed changes involve moving away from school based polling stations to more suitable locations close by.

In recent years schools have had to boost their safeguarding measures in and around their buildings and land by increasing security and safety for pupils and staff.

This has often left schools with no option but to force a school closure on the day of an election, which ultimately disrupts children, staff, their families and the wider community, something which we and the schools would like to avoid as much as possible.”

Full details of the recommended changes can be viewed on the council’s website at www.scarborough.gov.uk/pdreview or at the Town Hall in Scarborough.

Any registered elector is welcome to comment on the current and proposed arrangements, including those with expertise in access for people with disabilities.

Where possible, people making representations should suggest alternative places that may be used as polling stations.

All comments must be submitted no later than Friday 8 November by emailing electors@scarborough.gov.uk or writing to the Acting Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HG.

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