2014 Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations

Closed 24 Oct 2014

Opened 29 Sep 2014

Feedback Updated 16 Dec 2014

We Asked

Our review was prompted by recommendations published by LGBCE in August 2014 after their review of our electoral arrangements carried out during 2013-14. That review resulted in proposed changes to the number and boundaries of wards in Leicester along with our polling districts and polling places across the city. We therefore asked electors in the constituency and interested parties to express their views on the existing arrangements, and where possible make alternative suggestions for consideration in relation to the size and boundaries of polling districts, and the location and suitability of polling places.

You Said

A number of comments received agreed with the Returning Officers proposals and also included suggestions for alternatives.

We Did

The Returning Officer agreed to review the submissions received before the changes were formally approved by Full Council on 13th November and will be implemented after the council elections in May 2015. Once the review was complete; revised ward maps, final proposals giving reasons for our decision and details of all representations received were published on the council website

Results Updated 16 Dec 2014

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Overview

The consultation provides an opportunity for electors in the constituency and interested parties to express their views on the existing arrangements, and where possible make alternative suggestions for consideration in relation to the size and boundaries of polling districts, and the location and suitability of polling places.

The Council wishes to consult as widely as possible on the future arrangements and welcomes comments or representations from all electors, any Councillors in the area, past or potential candidates, local political parties and indeed any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.

If you wish to make any comments or have any suggestions regarding the current arrangements, please complete and return the consultation submission form.

You can do this online by following the link below or, if you prefer, you can download a copy of the form and return to Miranda Cannon - (Acting) Returning Officer, by email Miranda.cannon@leicester.gov.uk or post Leicester City Council, 3rd Floor, Rutland Wing, City Hall, Leicester LE1 1FZ. 

Why We Are Consulting

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England published their final recommendations for new electoral arrangements (which looked at council size and ward boundaries/names) for Leicester City Council on 12 August 2014. 
In accordance with the Representation of the People Act 1983, the Council is now conducting a review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations to:

  • ensure polling districts are suitably aligned to the new wards;
  • ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances;
  • ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable every polling place is accessible to electors who are disabled.

 

The final proposals will be considered for approval by Council in November 2014 and the new warding arrangements will be effective for the next ordinary elections in May 2015. On completion of the review the council will publish the final proposals giving reasons for the decision along with all representations received, on the council website.

For reference:

  • a Polling District is the geographical sub division of an electoral area.  For voting purposes, each Parliamentary constituency and every local government ward is divided into one or more polling districts. From May 2015 Leicester City will have 21 wards divided up into Polling Districts, which vary in size and electorate
  • a Polling Place is the geographical area within which a polling station is located.  However, there is no legal definition of what a polling place is.  It could be as large as the polling district or as small as a particular building
  • a Polling Station is where the voting actually takes place and must be located within the polling place designated for the particular polling district.  When deciding which buildings to use as polling stations, the Council tries to make sure that they are located as conveniently as possible for the majority of electors and that they are accessible to everyone, particularly anyone with a disability. 

 

Areas

  • Abbey
  • Aylestone
  • Beaumont Leys
  • Belgrave
  • Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields
  • Castle
  • Evington
  • Eyres Monsell
  • Fosse
  • Humberstone & Hamilton
  • Knighton
  • Rushey Mead
  • Saffron
  • Spinney Hills
  • Stoneygate
  • Thurncourt
  • Westcotes

Audiences

  • Children and young people
  • Working-age people
  • Older people
  • Carers
  • Full-time and part-time workers
  • Disabled people
  • Older households (65+)
  • Single people
  • Families with children, including lone parents
  • Couples
  • All households
  • Faith groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Youth clubs
  • Carers' network
  • Trade unions
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Community organisations
  • Self-help groups
  • User groups
  • Third sector infrastructure groups
  • All Voluntary and Community Organisations
  • Advocacy organisation
  • Police
  • NHS
  • FE colleges
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • All Public and Private Organisations
  • Directors
  • Heads of service
  • Managers, team leaders and supervisors
  • Professionals
  • All staff
  • Service users
  • Care home residents and their next of kin

Interests

  • Public participation
  • Local government