Wealden District Council

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

The Council is commencing a review of the polling districts and polling places within Wealden.  This review is as a result of the final proposals published by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) on 27 September 2016 for warding arrangements and county electoral divisions within Wealden. 

The consultation period runs from Friday 14 October until Friday 18 November 2016.

View the Consultation Document (pdf)

A polling district is a geographical sub-division of an electoral area. An electoral area may be a UK Parliamentary constituency (eg Wealden), a District ward (eg Uckfield Central), a County electoral division (eg Uckfield) or a parish or parish ward (eg Buxted Parish, Buxted Ward).

A polling place is a geographical area in which a polling station is located. However, there is no legal definition of what a polling place is, the geographical area could be defined as tightly as a particular building or as widely as the entire polling district. Any elector within the Wealden, Rother (part), Eastbourne (part) and Lewes (part) Constituencies may make representations on existing and proposed polling districts and places. Representations on these or any other related matter are welcomed from persons or groups with interest or expertise in the access to premises or facilities for persons who have different forms of disability. Any person or body making a representation should where appropriate give alternative places that may be used as polling places.

Details of the current arrangements for polling districts and polling places, together with the LGBCE final proposals can be viewed below or may be inspected at the Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX on Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm.

Representations should be given in writing and sent to:

Polling District/Place Review

Electoral Services

Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX.

 

 If you prefer you can email your representations (with the words "Polling District Review" in the subject line) to elections@wealden.gov.uk

 The final date for receipt of representations is 5pm Friday 18 November 2016. Details of any representations received will be made available for inspection and published on this web site.

List of useful links and background documents

2014 Polling District and Polling Place Review

Under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, all district councils are required to undertake a review of polling districts, polling places and access arrangements.  The compulsory review periods are; the period of 16 months beginning with 1st October 2013 and the period of 16 months beginning with 1st October of every fifth year after that.

Local Authorities are required to divide their area into polling districts for the purposes of Parliamentary elections and to designate polling places for these polling districts and keep these under review

A polling district is a geographical area created by a sub-division of a UK Parliamentary constituency for the purposes of a UK Parliamentary election.

A polling place is the building or area in which polling stations will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer.  A polling place within a polling district must be designated so that polling stations are within easy reach of all electors from across the polling district.

A polling station is the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place.  Unlike polling districts and polling places which are fixed by the Local Authority, polling stations are chosen by the relevant Returning Officer for the election.

Following the consultation period a report was presented to Overview & Scrutiny Committee on 24 November 2014.  It was resolved that each polling district and the polling districts bordering it be designated as the polling place for that polling district.

In line with his delegated powers the Returning Officer will publish a list of buildings to be used as polling stations on an annual basis.

View the list of Polling Districts, Polling Places & Buildings (pdf)