South Ward - Polling Places Review 2022

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013
Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places
(Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006
Electoral Administration Act 2006
Representation of People Act 1983 (Schedule A1)

Maidstone Borough Council is undertaking an interim Polling District and Polling Place Review in accordance with the above legislation. The purpose of the review is to ensure that all polling districts and polling places are, as far as possible, effective, and convenient for voters and accessible to everyone.

The Council welcomes the views of all residents on the proposals, the (Acting) Returning Officer’s representation, and other issues of importance.

The Council is keen to understand the accessibility needs for polling places and welcomes the views of disabled residents and expert bodies.

Please provide details of alternative venues that could be used as polling places as part of your response.

Proposal – South Ward (Tovil Parish)

To use Tovil Community Centre – YMCA Maidstone for polling district XB - Tovil Parish

Returning Officer's Comment:
It is proposed to use Tovil Community Centre - YMCA Maidstone, Courtenay Road as a polling place for scheduled elections. Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, Eccleston Road is not suitable as the school must be closed for elections and cannot accommodate last minute closures for unscheduled elections.
Tovil Community Centre - YMCA Maidstone is a suitable polling place and has space to accommodate the stationing of a portacabin in the overflow car park should any unscheduled Parliamentary elections be called. For any unscheduled Local Government Elections Maidstone Hockey Club will be used as a double station.

The proposed change of venue if successful, will be implemented for the election on 5th May 2022.

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email: consultation@maidstone.gov.uk

All comments received during the consultation period will be considered as part of the review.

Please note: This is a statutory public consultation. All responses, including the respondents name and/or organisation, will be made publicly available. Contact details will be removed. All responses will be available to view at the Maidstone House Reception or on the Council’s website.

Time scale

Opened 10/01/2022

Closes 20/02/222

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