Polling District Review

Test Valley Borough Council has carried out a review of polling districts and polling stations where voters cast their votes at elections. As part of the review, the Council consulted residents, elected councillors, political parties, parish councils, groups representing disabled people and other interested groups to seek their views.

The (Acting) Returning Officer is required to make submissions to the Review, and these submissions must be published by the Council. The (Acting) Returning Officer’s submissions are available here, and these set out (by Borough Ward) the existing polling districts within each Ward, the parish which  each polling district falls within, the polling station currently used for each district, and proposals for any alternative polling station to be considered.

The consultation period ran from Monday 15 July 2019 to Friday 30 August 2019.

The representations received by the Council were considered at a meeting of full Council on 20 November 2019. A copy of the report and the minutes is available here. The recommendations in the report were accepted by Council. The report identifies the designated polling districts and polling places and gives the details as to why they were selected.

Redacted copies of the representations received and correspondence sent to persons with expertise on access to premises/facilities for disabled people are available in the “Useful Documents” section. Copies of these documents are also available for inspection at the Council Offices, Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover SP10 3AJ.

A formal Order will be made in due course which will give effect to the decision of full Council. A copy of the Order will be added to the “Useful Documents” section.

A notice of the completion of the Review has been published, and is available in the “Useful Documents” Section.

Background

The Council is required to divide its area into “polling districts”. In general, the polling district will be the same area as the parish it is situated within, but in Andover and Romsey (which has Borough wards) and some other areas further sub-division is required, to ensure that the number of electors in each polling district is not excessive, and that polling stations are as convenient as possible for voters.

Within each polling district, a “polling place” must be designated. The polling station serving the polling district must be situated within this polling place. Polling places must be within the polling district, although they can be outside the relevant polling district if no suitable alternative premises are available.

As part of the review, the suitability of polling stations used at elections was assessed, and the review allowed possible alternative polling stations to be considered and assessed.