The Sub-Committee considered a report on the
findings of the Review of the Polling Districts, Polling Places and
Polling Stations in the Parliamentary Constituency of Worcester
which had been carried out in accordance with the Representation of
the People Act 1983. The Returning Officer presented the report and
highlighted the main points.
In summary, ten proposals for a change to
polling places or polling districts were recommended. These were
identified in paragraph 5.2 and Appendix 1 of the report, together
with the rationale for each proposal.
In the ensuing discussion the following main
points were highlighted:
Members commented that the title of some venues may be different to
those listed. In response, the Returning Officer advised that these
details will be checked to ensure they are up-to-date.
There was a discussion about the use of the Riverside Building in
St. Clement Ward. The Returning Officer explained that the
Riverside Building is a suitable venue and is available. Any
feedback from electors will be considered as part of the regular
reviews that are undertaken after every election.
Oldbury Park Primary School is an existing venue and measures are
in place to address safeguarding and on-site security on polling
day. Discussions with the Headteacher
had highlighted continuing issues regarding safeguarding on site
and the Returning Officer had agreed various changes to address
these. The Returning Officer reported that the meeting was positive
about the continued use of the school as a polling station, subject
to these changes. Using the main University building had been
considered and the Returning Officer explained that a number of
issues had been taken into consideration, including open,
unsecured, access to the campus site, the distance from road to the
proposed polling station, the open foyer and the number of people
using the building. On balance it had been decided that the
existing venue is suitable and is available, and therefore no
change was proposed.
The communication plan will address the process for informing
electors of changes to polling station locations.
The Returning Officer explained the criteria for appeals and stated
that he was satisfied that the proposals had taken into account the
reasonable requirements of the electors.
The Sub-Committee unanimously approved the
proposed polling places as set out in the report. In accordance
with the Constitution, changes to polling districts are the
responsibility of Full Council. The Sub-Committee agreed to
recommend the Council to approve the proposals for changes to
polling districts, as set out in the report.
RESOLVED: That the Sub-Committee:
approve the proposed polling places as set out in
Appendix 1 and Section 5.2 of the report;
note the proposed polling districts and refer the
proposals to Council for consideration
and approval as set out in Appendix 1 and Section 5.2 of the
subject to approval by Council, agree to authorise the
Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer to take all
necessary steps to implement these recommendations.