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Declarations of Interest
Cllr B J Thompson declared an interest in minute number BRC3 Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations because he is the councillor for the Park ward.
Cllr E J Greenaway declared an interest in minute number BRC3 Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations because she is a councillor for Lawley & Overdale Parish Council.
To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.
RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting of the Boundary Review Committee held on 7 February 2019 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman.
To consider the report of the Assistant Director: Governance, Commissioning and Procurement.
The Service Delivery Manager, Governance & Legal Services presented the report of the Assistant Director of Governance, Procurement & Commissioning regarding the review on polling districts, polling places and polling stations in Telford & Wrekin Borough and sought member approval on the proposed changes to the polling stations, the current polling stations under review were:
1. Lawley Village Primary School
2. Ketley Bank Community Centre
3. St. Patricks Catholic Primary School
4. The Red Lion Annex, Holyhead, Wellington.
Member preference was that schools were used as little as possible, and that alternative sites such as portacabins and dual polling stations be considered. Members were assured that all avenues had been explored and that the proposals would cause minimal disruptions, although the new venues, came with their own difficulties but these had been considered fully. It was confirmed that during the consultation that there had been some engagement with individuals with disabilities in order to make sure that the proposed venues were accessible for themselves as well as the wider community. It was proposed, therefore that the following polling station changes be used for future elections:
1. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lawley
2. Queenswood Primary School, Yates Way, Ketley Bank
3. Wellington Children’s Centre, North Road, Wellington
4. Sir John Bayley Club, Haygate Road, Wellington
Upon being put to the vote it was unanimously:
RESOLVED – that:
a) the actions taken to date in respect of consultation for those proposals set out in Section 5 to this report be noted;
b) the changes to the Polling Stations set out in paragraph 5.10 of the report be approved subject to satisfactory inspections; and
c) delegated authority to the Assistant Director: Governance, Procurement & Commissioning be granted to take all necessary steps to conclude the review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations in the Borough prior to a further report being brought to the Boundary Review Committee for approval on 3 October 2019.