Ashfield polling station review set to scrap school usage

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New polling stations in the area are set to confirmed by councillors in an ‘extraordinary’ meeting next week.

Ashfield District Council will meet to discuss the decision of polling stations on Monday - which comes after Government legislation advocating new boundaries.

The review set out eight new boundaries in the area - and with that two new councillors are to be elected.

If the recommendations are agreed, four schools will no longer be used as polling stations. Crofton Primary School, Hillside Primary School, Broomhill Junior School and Hollyhill Primary are those set to be cut from being used as polling stations.

Leader of Ashfield District Council Chris Baron, said he hoped the new polling stations would make it easier for residents to vote in the general district and parish council elections in May.

He said: “We have reduced polling stations but they will cover one or two boundaries in some cases.

“We are encouraging people to use postal voting though as it is easier and less likely to forgo a vote.”

He said during the last election more than 700 votes were not eligible to be counted as they had vital information missing.

Coun Baron said all households will be informed of the changes in February of their nearest polling station and how to vote by post.

See next week’s Chad for the outcome of the meeting.