Review on Polling Districts and Polling Places

The Review Process

We’ve done some initial research to inform the proposals in this consultation paper. We invite your comments on these proposals.

The electorate figures we used are for the local government electors on the Electoral Register published on 1 September 2023.

We are reviewing our polling places to make sure they are accessible, convenient, and fair for everyone. We will consider the following factors:

  • Identifying new polling places: We will look for new polling places in areas where the existing provision is unsuitable or unavailable.
  • Feedback: We will consider feedback received following recent elections from members of the public, elected members, and other stakeholders.
  • Accessibility: We will ensure that every polling place is accessible to electors with disabilities.
  • Facilities: We will make sure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.
  • Disruption to schools: We will try to minimise disruption to schools, but we may use them if there are no better alternatives.
  • Elector numbers: We will try to comply with the Electoral Commission's guidance on the maximum number of electors that should be allocated to a polling station.
  • Future housing developments: We will consider the impact of proposed housing developments on polling station electorates using the Local Plan.

Read more information about the Local Plan

We're reviewing our access to premises and facilities for people with disabilities. We're holding a review, and we want to hear from you.

We'll send a consultation paper to elected members, MPs, local political parties, parish councils, and any other interested groups or people. This includes people with expertise in access to premises and facilities for people with disabilities.


Notice of Review published and elected members, MPs and Parish Clerks notified Monday 2 October 2023
Commencement of Consultation on current provision and proposed changes Monday 2 October 2023
End of Consultation Monday 30 October 2023
Consider comments and if necessary, revise proposals Ongoing and completed by Tuesday 31 October 2023
Final proposals published via Agenda papers and website 6 November 2023
Cabinet Meeting 20 November 2023
Council Agenda published 21 November 2023
Council meeting – approval of polling district and polling place scheme 29 November 2023
Publication of review result 30 November 2023
Publish Electoral Register based on approved polling district and polling place scheme 1 December 2023
Borough, Parish and Police & Crime Commissioner elections using new polling districts and polling places scheme Thursday 2 May 2024
Parliamentary General election on new constituency boundaries and new polling districts and polling places scheme. By January 2025


We will publish:

  • The results of the review.
  • The minutes of Council meetings concerning the review.
  • All correspondence received in connection with the review.
  • All representations made by any person in connection with the review.