Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2014
The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 introduced a change to the timing of compulsory reviews of UK Parliamentary polling districts and polling places. The Council is therefore required to complete a review between 1 October 2013 and 31 January 2015.
The review seeks to ensure that all electors have reasonable facilities for voting in elections as are practicable in the circumstances and so far as is reasonable and practicable every polling place is accessible to electors who are disabled.
Ribble Valley Borough Council conducted its review of polling districts and polling places between 31 March 2014 and 30 June 2014. The review covered:
- polling districts, which are geographical areas created by the sub-division of a UK Parliamentary constituency for the purposes of a UK Parliamentary election. In England, each parish is to be a separate polling district; and
- polling places, which are the buildings or areas in which polling stations will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer.
The review does not cover ward or constituency boundaries/names, which are the responsibility of the Local Government Commission (wards) and the Parliamentary Boundary Commission (constituencies).
As part of the review a period of public consultation took place between 31 March 2014 and 30 June 2014.
Electors of Ribble Valley and other interested parties were invited to make representations in relation to the size and boundaries of polling districts and the location and suitability of polling places.
The (Acting) Returning Officer for Ribble Valley is responsible for the polling stations, which are the rooms within polling places where the poll actually takes place. As part of the Review, the (Acting) Returning Officer must formally comment on both the existing polling stations and, if relevant, any probable polling stations based on any new recommended polling places. The (Acting) Returning Officer's comments were published on 5 May 2014.
See the list of current polling districts and polling places. You can also look at the current ward maps showing the polling districts and current polling places.
These were also available to be inspected in hard copy at the following locations:
- Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2RA.
- Clitheroe Library, Church St, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2DG.
- Whalley Library, Abbey Rd, Whalley, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9RP.
- Longridge Library, Berry Lane, Longridge, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 3JA.
Ribble Valley Borough Council's Policy and Finance Committee and Full Council considered the final proposals following the review at their meetings on 9 September and 7 October 2014. The revised arrangements will come into effect when the Electoral Register is published on 1 December 2014.
The review is now complete and the Council has published the following on this website, at the Town Hall and at the the locations listed above:
- all correspondence sent to any person whom the Council thinks has
particular expertise in relation to access to premises or facilities for
persons who have different forms of disability.
See Consultees with an interest in accessibility for disabled persons.
- representations made by any person in connection with the review
- details of the designation of polling districts and polling places within the local authority area as a result of the review. See Outcome of Polling Review 2014.