A consultation on how Tendring district should be divided into polling districts and the locations for voting has begun.
The first consultation stage of the review, which looks at polling districts and places for elections and referenda, started on Monday, July 16 and runs until August 28, when all representations must be received. This will allow everyone to be given a chance to give input on where they will be voting.
Due to changes by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Tendring District Council (TDC) will be reducing from 60 councillors in 35 wards to 48 members representing 23 wards, from next May.
The most appropriate premises for polling stations are being considered by council officers, as well as how the new wards should be split into polling districts.
To view the council’s provisional proposals and have your say, visit https://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/pollingreview or view a hard copy at Clacton Town Hall or TDC’s offices in Weeley between 9am and 3pm.
The council is seeking to ensure that every polling place is practical and accessible to all voters, and would also welcome representations about disability access.
While many polling places will remain the same due to the forthcoming boundary changes it will be necessary to introduce new premises and discontinue some existing ones.
Ian Davidson, Returning Officer and TDC Chief Executive, expressed the importance of this review.
“It’s vital that we make voting accessible to everyone in the district, as that is what democracy is all about,” he said.
“All Tendring residents are invited to come up with suggestions concerning where they will be voting. This can be on the suitability of the proposed polling districts or the buildings we are looking to use for voting.
“All comments received will be considered after this first consultation stage closes, and the council will go out to consultation again on its proposed recommendations from mid-September.
“Any changes arising from the review will be implemented from December so we want to give residents plenty of opportunity to take a look at what is being proposed in terms of where they will go to cast their votes in the future.”
For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.