Have your say on future locations for polling stations

Have your say on polling station locations

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is inviting people to have their say on proposals for the future locations of polling stations in seven electoral wards. 

The council is undertaking a six-week public consultation as part of an interim review of specific polling places in Bray, Furze Platt, Pinkneys Green, Riverside, Ascot and Sunninghill, Clewer and Dedworth West, and Clewer East.

This is to consider the suitability of polling stations in meeting needs of electors where, due to Covid, a temporary station was used for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May 2021, and to consider whether any of these should become the usual/permanent polling station location for all future elections.

Emma Duncan, acting returning officer for the Royal Borough, said: “The availability and suitability of our polling station locations change over time for a range of reasons, so we routinely review locations and explore alternatives to ensure good provision across our communities. 

“The temporary arrangements during Covid enabled the community to trial some alternative locations, and we would be keen to hear people’s experiences of visiting those, whether any should be used going forward for other elections and hear suggestions for any other locations 

“We welcome the views of all residents, as well as people actively involved in the political life of our borough, and individuals or organisations who may have particular expertise or insight around access to premises or facilities for people with different forms of disability.”

People have until Monday 3 October to take part in the consultation. All feedback will be published, and considered by a cross-party working group of councillors during October, which are scheduled to make their recommendations for consideration by Full Council on 22 November 2022.     

To see the recommended changes, please visit www.rbwm.gov.uk/home/council-and-democracy/elections-and-voting or inspect hard copies at one of the local libraries serving those wards. Comments can be sent by email to pd.review@rbwm.gov.uk or by post to Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF.