Council to hold consultation on polling districts

Hot on on the footsteps of the Community Governance Review, Slough Borough Council is also embarking on a review on polling districts and polling stations.

The review has been caused by the increase and reorganisation of Slough wards caused by the Local Government Boundary Commission changes last year which will come into effect in 2014.

Colnbrook with Poyle ward remained unchanged.

The ward is currently divided into three polling districts, closely reflecting the pre-1994 division across three local authorities.

Polling district “P” covers Poyle and Park Street up to the Colne Brook.  “PA” covers central Colnbrook; those parts previously part of Bucks.  “PB” includes Brands Hill and Westfield.

As things stand there is little scope for change within the ward as the law requires that each parish in England must be a separate polling district.

However, should the parallel Community Governance Review find support for changes to the current Parish Council arrangements the scope for change could be greater.

It is even possible that the three polling districts may become the de facto boundaries of new Village Councils should those areas choose to assert their own identities in that review.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will also be consulted as part of the borough of Slough forms part of the Windsor Parliamentary Constituency. Although the review is primarily to look at the polling district boundaries, it also needs to consider the polling places within polling districts, which will be used at parliamentary elections.

The council is asking for feedback on any aspect of the polling districts or polling places currently used or suggestions for alternative polling places. Any elector within the Slough Borough Council area may make a representation, as can local organisations and any other interested parties.

Comments are particularly sought from any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.

Representations must be received by the Council’s Electoral Services Manager by 5pm on Friday 5 April 2013 and can be emailed directly to ballotbox@slough.gov.uk.

Read more on the Slough Borough Council website.

 

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