The 2022 interim review is to consider the suitability of Polling Places in meeting the needs of electors where a temporary Polling Place was used for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections in May 2021 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to consider whether the temporary Polling Place should be designated as a permanent Polling Place for all future elections
Notice of Interim Review of Polling Places
Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with the Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) is conducting an interim review of Polling Places within Polling Districts in the following wards:
- Furze Platt
- Pinkneys Green
- Ascot and Sunninghill
- Clewer and Dedworth West
- Clewer East
The interim review is to consider the suitability of Polling Places in meeting the needs of electors where a temporary Polling Place was used for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections in May 2021 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and consideration as to whether the temporary Polling Place should be designated as a permanent Polling Place for all future elections. The comments of the RBWM (Acting) Returning Officer on proposals to designate new Polling Places are contained in the appendix.
The Council welcomes comments from interested parties including any resident, the MPs for the Maidenhead and Windsor constituencies, any RBWM Councillor (in particular those representing electors within the above wards), election agents, local political parties, and past or potential candidates. We also welcome views from individuals and organisations who may have particular expertise in relation to access to premises or facilities for persons who have different forms of disability.
The consultation period will commence on Monday 22 August 2022 and all representations must be received by Monday 3 October 2022. Representations should be made in writing by emailing: email@example.com or by post to: Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF.
All representations will be published on the Council’s website as soon as possible, after receipt; even if an individual or organisation has already commented on the proposals, they may make further submissions in response to views and comments on the website. Anyone making representations is requested to suggest alternative Polling Places to those proposed where appropriate, and to give reasons for the alternative.
Following consideration of all representations received during the consultation period, final proposals will be considered at the Full Council Meeting on Tuesday 22 November 2022.
(Acting) Returning Officer
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
St Ives Road
22 August 2022
Consultation responses received up to Friday 30 September 2022
|Ref||Date received||Ward(s)||Polling District||Polling District Code||Comments|
|1||23.8.2022||Pinkneys Green||Pinkneys Green North||MPG2||The proposal for Pinkneys Green makes eminent sense, and I wholeheartedly endorse the recommendation.|
|2||25.8.2022||Pinkneys Green||Pinkneys Green North||MPG2||I have no problem with a switch to Blenheim Free Church. I think it was there for many years.|
I wish to submit my comments on the Interim Review of Polling Places.
For the Holyport Polling District MBR2 in the Bray Ward, I believe that the Interim Polling station for the PCC elections May 2021 at Holyport Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green, Holyport should be the preferred option rather than reverting back to Holyport Primary School.
The Holyport Memorial Hall provides better and safer parking. With the Holyport Primary School, there is always a lot of traffic to navigate both as a pedestrian and car driver from the school, local shops (especially the corner shop) and doctors’ surgery. And at dropping off and picking up times, it is impossible to park your car close to the school and can involve quite a bit of walking if you have disability issues.
The Acting Returning Officer says the Memorial Hall would require most voters to drive. I would comment that with the Holyport Primary School a lot of people do not walk there anyway but usually vote on their drive to or return from work, parking up on the roads outside the school before returning home or continuing onto work so a short diversion to the Memorial Hall, which all residents are familiar with, would not be an issue.
I hope you will take my comments into consideration.
The proposed change to move the voting location to Boulters Lock Car Park.
This is a paying car park so will all voters have to pay?
Clewer New Town, Spital and Clewer Village
WCE1, WCE2 and WCE3
I am happy to support the changes to polling stations proposed in Clewer East. I agree with the return to Clewer First School as it is within the polling district. The Scout hut in Green Lane is a better choice than Kipling Court, for safety and access reasons and is very nearby. The Grenadier Club is a suitable alternative to Clewer Parish Hall and is accessible.
I’m getting in touch as Chair of Governors of Holyport Primary School to respond to the polling places review that is currently taking place.
Holyport Primary has been used in the past as a polling station, so governors and senior leaders in the school discussed the potential future use of the school at our full governing body (FGB) meeting last night.
We appreciate the importance of access to polling stations, but our view is that Holyport Primary is not a suitable location for a polling station for the following reasons.
* It is disruptive to the school, putting additional pressure on staff where a tight budget means no capacity for additional workload around logistics and ensuring the rest of the school remains secure, plus the negative impact on pupil’s learning.
It was raised at FGB that both the Holyport War Memorial hall and the Holyport scout hut have a great deal of space, good access for those with mobility difficulties, plenty of parking and are less than half a mile from the school so could be considered as alternative locations.
I am writing with regards Bray ward / Holyport polling station and would like to support the previous submissions supporting the use of the Memorial Hall over Holyport Primary school.
Using the school is very disruptive to a large number of staff, pupils and families, as well as clogging the local roads with parked cars. The Memorial Hall is far more suitable, has good parking, and is well known and easy to access. I don’t believe the numbers of people walking would be impacted by the short move – and many drive in any case.
For the good of the education of the local children and their teachers and carers, I think the move is more than justifiable. (I write this as both a former governor and former parent of Holyport Primary).
|8||24.9.2022||Riverside||Riverside North||MRS2||The proposed location will be ok if parking charges are suspended on polling day as local roads all have parking restrictions and otherwise people may be forced to pay to vote which is unacceptable and will impact the less well off and those unable to walk far or well.|
|9||27.9.2022||Clewer East||Spital||WCE2||The scout hut on Green Lane is a perfect building for a polling station as it is empty during the day, has a carpark, and is accessible for wheelchair users.|
|10||30.9.2022||Pinkneys Green||Pinkneys Green North||MPG2||I agree to the proposed move to Blenheim Free Church and use of their hall.|
|11||30.9.2022||Pinkneys Green||Pinkneys Green North||MPG2||Very happy to move next door to Blenheim Free Church.|
|12||30.9.2022||Oldfield||MOF4 and MOF4||
A comment was received for the venues for these polling districts, although they were amended and implemented from May 2019. “To relocate the polling place for Fisheries (MOF3) and Oldfield North (MOF4) from Forest Bridge School, Chiltern Road to Desborough Bowling Club, Green Lane.”
Good idea, easy parking , and ramp for wheel chairs.
|13||30.9.22||Riverside||Maidenhead Riverside South||MRS3||This venue for this polling district is not included in the current consultation but we have received a comment stating, please keep the Riverside Polling Station at the Thames Hotel.|
Summary of changes implemented for May 2019
The council conducted an interim polling district and polling places review of the new polling district and polling places scheme which came into force for the Local elections in May 2019.
The polling district and polling places review working group met between September and November 2019 to consider changes to the scheme, based on the experiences of the May 2019 elections. Three minor amendments were proposed to the current scheme, affecting five polling districts. The changes affected the wards of Furze Platt, Clewer and Dedworth West and Oldfield.
Clewer and Dedworth West
To relocate the polling place for Dedworth Green polling district (WCDW3) from Tinkers Lane Depot to Windsor Gospel Hall, Ruddlesway.
To realign the polling district boundary between Furze Platt Central (MFP2) and Furze Platt East (MFP3) polling districts.
To relocate the polling place for Fisheries (MOF3) and Oldfield North (MOF4) from Forest Bridge School, Chiltern Road to Desborough Bowling Club, Green Lane.