Maidstone polling district review underway


Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is currently undertaking a review of all its Polling Districts and Polling Stations across the borough.

Home to more than 167,000 residents and 7,700 businesses; the Council has set a target to deliver 10,000 new homes in and around Maidstone by 2026 and the purpose of the review is to ensure that all polling districts and polling places are, as far as possible, effective and convenient for voters and accessible to everyone.

MBC Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Alison Broom, said: “Maidstone Borough Council has a statutory obligation to carry out a review of its polling districts and polling places.  In carrying out that out, the Council must take in to account a range of factors in trying to find a balance which ensures the integrity and efficiency of the poll, together with reasonable accessibility for voters.

“I am keen to encourage as many individuals and community groups as possible to make their views heard during this consultation period.  This will allow us to ensure that our polling arrangements convenient and practical for all to use in future elections.”

When making representations individuals and community groups are advised to provide as much relevant information as they can about their current polling station, including issues such as location, parking and disability access and whether they are aware of any other suitable premises that could be used for polling duties.

Further information is available at https://wh.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=155350527526 and at The Link, King Street, Maidstone, where printed copies of the proposals are available to view.

The consultation period ends on 16 May 2019, and you can make comments up to and including that date.


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