The Council is currently consulting on proposed changes to polling district boundaries and polling places. Polling districts are sub-divisions of borough wards. Polling places are the places within which polling stations are located, such as schools and community halls.
The Council is required to periodically review polling arrangements in the Borough. Of particular importance to the review is ensuring that all polling places are easily located and easily accessible for all members of the community. Having reviewed the existing polling provision, the current set up of polling districts, places and stations appears to be largely appropriate to the needs of the community, however some changes are proposed.
The current proposals affect areas of four wards: Hoddesdon North, Hoddesdon Town and Rye Park, Cheshunt North, and Waltham Cross. It is proposed to relocate one polling station, and make minor alterations to some polling district boundaries for the convenience of electors in those wards.
The Council would welcome any comments regarding the proposals from the public. Of particular value would be comments on accessibility from persons and bodies representing those with a disability and that might be considered for alternative places to use as polling places/stations. The Council has also written directly to various interested groups and bodies that are experienced in access issues for the disabled.
Comments received during the consultation period will be discussed by the Constitutional Working Party on 26 February.