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Review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations 2018

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 requires the councils to complete a review of all Parliamentary polling districts and polling places every four years.  The next review must be completed between October 2018 and January 2020.

The review for Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Council (East Suffolk Council) must be concluded in time for the elections on 2 May 2019. 

Definitions

Polling District – the geographical area created by sub-dividing a constituency /ward.

Polling Place – the designated area for a polling district in which polling stations are located.

Polling Station – the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place.

Information and background

In reviewing the polling districts, places and stations, the councils will ensure that:

  • electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances;
  • as far as reasonable and practicable, that polling places are accessible to all electors, including those with disabilities.

We currently have 142 polling districts in Suffolk Coastal District Council (95 in the Suffolk Coastal Parliamentary Constituency and 47 in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

We currently have 95 polling districts in Waveney District Council (76 in the Waveney Parliamentary Constituency and 19 in Suffolk Coastal)

Creation of East Suffolk Council

A new Council for east Suffolk will be created in April 2019 when Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council will be abolished. 

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its recommendations for the warding pattern of the new council which will come into effect in May 2019.  A public consultation period on those recommendations has now closed and the final recommendations will be published at the end of October. 

Changes to Polling Districts, Places and Stations necessitated by the revised warding structure will be included in the (Acting) Returning Officer’s report which will be published after the final recommendations have been made public.

Next steps

We are inviting comments about the review which need to be submitted by 30 November 2018. 

Stage 1 – The current polling arrangements have been published and comments are welcomed on those arrangements for future elections. 

Stage 2 – The (Acting) Returning Officer (ARO) for the Parliamentary Constituencies of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney (Stephen Baker, Chief Executive of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils) will make comment on the current arrangements and proposed changes by 30 October 2018.

The ARO’s report will be published on 31 October 2018.  These proposals will be open for consultation until the 30 November 2018.

The final proposals will be considered at a full meeting of the East Suffolk Shadow Council on 28 January 2019.

Timetable

Publication of Formal Notice of Review  8 October 2018
Publication of Current Arrangements  8 October 2018
Consultation Opens 8 October 2018
Publication of draft proposals for New Arrangements 31 October 2018
Consultation Closes  30 November 2018
Proposals for New Arrangements presented to Council    28 January 2019
Publish the conclusions of the review   29 January 2019
Full Electoral Register published under new arrangements 1 February 2019

Notices

Consultation

We would like to invite all interested parties to make representations and comments on the existing and proposed polling districts and polling places.  The proposed arrangements will be published on 31 October 2018. 

The consultation period runs from 8 October until 30 November 2018.

Any person or body that makes a comment is also invited to suggest alternative polling districts/places which will be given the appropriate consideration.

All comments and representations must be made in writing by email to: 

or in writing to:

Electoral Services
Suffolk Coastal District Council
East Suffolk House
Riduna Park
Melton
Woodbridge
IP12 1RT
Electoral Services
Waveney District Council
2 Canning Road
Lowestoft
NR33 0EQ

Existing arrangements

Draft proposals for new arrangements

Online mapping