Polling District & Polling Place Review 2013
The final proposals were approved at the Electoral Review Working Party meeting on 20 November 2014.
As a result of this review, the total number of polling districts in Copeland was reduced from 129 to 103. This was achieved by merging some of the smaller polling districts together for form larger polling districts.
This has resulted in a change of polling station for a very small number of voters. 8 Electors from polling districts E1 & E2 will now vote at Beckermet Reading Rooms and 35 Electors from polling district R2-1 will now vote at St Bees Village Hall.
The final proposals and other documents can be viewed at The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven, upon request.
Each local authority is required to carry out reviews of the Polling Districts and Polling Places in it's area.
The recent Electoral Registration & Administration Act 2013 changed the timing of these reviews and the next review must be held between 1 October 2013 and 31 January 2015 with subsequent reviews held within a 16 month period starting on 1 October every fifth year after 1 October 2013.
These reviews look at polling districts and polling places in an authority's area.
A council's area is divided into polling districts. One or more polling districts can make up a district ward. Polling districts in Copeland follow parish boundaries or boundaries of parish wards.
A polling place is an area or building within a polling district in which a polling station is situated.
Consequently, it is inevitable that polling stations are also considered as part of these reviews. The suitability of polling stations is assessed, along with their accessibility, facilities for voters and, in particular, for those with a disability, and whether the premises are economic with regard to the number of voters allocated to the polling station.
These reviews are based on council areas or parliamentary constituencies and, consequently, it is imperative that the views of the (Acting) Returning Officer are sought and considered.
This Council's last review was held in 2011, the outcome of which made no changes to the existing arrangements.
The next review commences on Monday 23 June 2014 and the official Notice has now been published.
This Notice is displayed at The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven and Millom Council Offices, Georges Road, Millom as well as being available on the website.
Amongst those being consulted are the (Acting) Returning Officer, parish councils and district councillors, but everyone can comment on their area or make suggestions if they wish.
These comments should be submitted by letter or email to:
Copeland Borough Council
The Copeland Centre
All submissions must be made by 1 August 2014
At the end of this consultation, all comments received will be considered and reported to the Electoral Review Working Party in the form of final proposals in November 2014. The final proposals, if approved, will be available to view on the Council's website and at The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven.