SBC propose using Holiday Inn as Polling Station
As part of its review of polling districts & polling places, Slough Borough Council is proposing to use the Holiday Inn at Brands Hill as a Polling Station instead of the newly refurbished Westfield Hall.
Slough Borough Council is proposing to drop Westfield Hall and Colnbrook Village Hall as polling stations, replacing them with the Holiday Inn Brands Hill and Vicarage Way Childrens Centre.
Pippins School, the ward’s third polling station would remain as now.
Due to recent ward boundary changes Slough Borough Council is currently conducting a review of polling districts and polling places in accordance with the Representation of the People Act 1983. The review must be carried out to make sure that all electors have reasonable facilities for voting.
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.
It’s not clear why the boundary changes – which did not impact Colnbrook with Poyle – should warrant change to Colnbrook’s polling stations. Westfield Hall reopened earlier this year following a refurbishment.
Colnbrook with Poyle would remain as three separate polling districts under the proposals.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will be consulted as part of the borough of Slough forms part of the Windsor Parliamentary Constituency.
As with all Slough Borough Council consultations the Parish Council has been invited to submit views on behalf of residents.
Alternatively residents have until 30 September to submit comments directly and can do by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it appropriate to have a Polling Station in a Hotel?
The Conservative Borough Councillor, Dexter Smith, thinks not according to a report in the Slough Express; while Deputy Leader Cllr James Swindlehurst said:
“Religious buildings and hotels have always been used as polling stations and it would prevent disruption being caused at schools like in previous years.”
Go to SBC’s consultation Page here for more information.