Review of polling places in the city

We carried out a review of polling districts and polling places, as required by law. 

Feedback was invited from electors in the city or the Staffordshire Parliamentary constituencies, elected members, local political parties and organisations which have expertise in relation to access for people with different types of disability.

People taking part in the consultation were asked, if possible, to give alternative places that may be used as polling places.

See the consultation documents

By law we must share the feedback given as part of this consultation.

Feedback provided as part of the polling places review
Name of respondent Area of concern Response Action Proposal
Andy Platt 2BO2

That the whole of Penkville Street and 345 London Road and all those properties to the north of it inside 2BO2 become a new polling district. Approx. 450 properties.

That the whole of Shelburne Street abd 347 London Road and all those properties to the south of it inside 2BO2 become a new polling district. Approx. 475 properties.
 

Since the commencement of the polling place review, the council has been informed that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England will be undertaking a full review of all city council wards. As a result of this, all polling districts in the city are likely to change. To change the polling places at this time could lead to voter confusion when they will be changed in the near future. Changes to boundaries at this time and at the forthcoming review will involve duplication of activity, as well as increased cost through creating additional polling stations for the sub-divided polling districts. Lastly it is the view that whilst there is benefit in these proposals being considered for the future review, the current polling districts are regarded as meeting the required need and therefore are suitable for a parliamentary election. It is proposed that the suggested changes be considered during the future review.
Andy Platt 2BO1

That the whole of Campbell Road together with Corporation Street, Spode Street, Fletcher Road (part) and the surrounding streets in 2BO1 become a new polling district. Approx. 475 properties.

That Birks Street, Lime Street, Boothen Road, Cornwallis Street and the surrounding streets in 2BO1 become a new polling district. Approx. 500 properties

Since the commencement of the polling place review, the council has been informed that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England will be undertaking a full review of all city council wards. As a result of this, all polling districts in the city are likely to change. To change the polling places at this time could lead to voter confusion when they will be changed in the near future. Changes to boundaries at this time and at the forthcoming review will involve duplication of activity, as well as increased cost through creating additional polling stations for the sub-divided polling districts. Lastly it is the view that while there is benefit in these proposals being considered for the future review, the current polling districts are regarded as meeting the required need and therefore are suitable for a parliamentary election. It is proposed that the suggested changes be considered during the future review.
Andy Platt 2ST2

That the whole of Austwick Grove; Hawthorne Avenue; Littlefield; Mayfield Place East; Mayfield Place West; Moorside Road and Tarporley Grove together with 164-256 Newcastle Road be moved to the same polling district and polling place as 2ST1. Approx. 200 properties to create polling district of approx. 600 properties

That the whole of Kensington Road, Neville Street and surrounding roads; the whole of London Road, Flash Lane and School Street; the whole of Rookery Lane, Walton Road and surrounding roads be created as a new polling district but retaining the current polling place.  Approx. 600 properties

That the whole of Greyswood Road and surrounding roads, Leawood Road and surrounding roads, Lymevale Road and surrounding roads together with 111-281 Newcastle Road be created as a new polling district and use the same polling place as 2ST3.  Approx. 500 properties

The residual 2ST2 will have approx. 550 properties
 

Since the commencement of the polling place review, the council has been informed that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England will be undertaking a full review of all city council wards. As a result of this, all polling districts in the city are likely to change. To change the polling places at this time could lead to voter confusion when they will be changed in the near future. Changes to boundaries at this time and at the forthcoming review will involve duplication of activity, as well as increased cost through creating additional polling stations for the sub-divided polling districts. Lastly it is the view that whilst there is benefit in these proposals being considered for the future review, the current polling districts are regarded as meeting the required need and therefore are suitable for a parliamentary election. It is proposed that the suggested changes be considered during the future review.
Jey Harvey Crescent Academy Move current polling station at Weston Junior academy to Weston Coyney village hall.  Undertake evaluation of suggested premises to assess suitability for polling station To relocate polling station to Weston coyney Village Hall.
Andy Platt FW1 That the whole of Standard Street, Herbert Street and Hardinge Street together with 153-315 City Road be moved to FW2 and use the polling place of FW2 Since the commencement of the polling place review, the council has been informed that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England will be undertaking a full review of all city council wards. As a result of this, all polling districts in the city are likely to change. It is proposed that the suggested changes be considered during the future review.
James Watts - Conservative Group Abbey Hulton and Townsend Could 2AH2 streets Abbey Lane and Heath House Lane be considered for voting with 2AH3 due to the locality of the polling station. Residents of these two addresses are more likely to drive towards Werrington Road during their commute to work and therefore voter engagement would be higher. Since the commencement of the polling place review the council has been informed that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England will be undertaking a full review of all city council wards. As a result of this, all polling districts in the city are likely to change. To change the polling places at this time could lead to voter confusion when they will be changed in the near future. Changes to boundaries at this time and at the forthcoming review will involve duplication of activity, as well as increased cost through creating additional polling stations for the sub-divided polling districts. Lastly it is the view that while there is benefit in these proposals being considered for the future review, the current polling districts are regarded as meeting the required need and therefore are suitable for a parliamentary election. It is proposed that the suggested changes be considered during the future review.
James Watts - Conservative Group Blurton West and Newstead There was some confusion this year by voters in the 3BW4 polling district about where to vote. The Trentham Methodist Church is a drive away, and as the polling district population increases rapidly, it would be a good idea to investigate its own polling station. Using space at World of Wedgwood would be something to investigate. Undertake evaluation of suggested premises to assess suitability for polling station. We have liaised with the suggested polling station and have received a response that the premises are not willing to undertake any political activities.
James Watts - Conservative Group Broadway and Longton East The polling station for the 3BL3 polling station is currently at the Holy Trinity Church in Meir. The ward councillor wonders if the PD can be changed to vote at the Newhall Christian Mission along with 3BL2. Undertake evaluation of suggested premises to assess suitability for polling station. The suggested premises change has been taken into consideration and following an inspection would not accommodate two stations.
James Watts - Conservative Group Eaton Park The polling station for 2EP1 and 2EP2 are somewhat more complicated to get to for residents at the further ends of the polling districts due to the one-way system on Marychurch Road. There is a community room above AC Environments, Werrington Road, where we could arrange for voters from at least 2EP2 as there is a lane that residents can walk down to access AC Environments. Undertake evaluation of suggested premises to assess suitability for polling station. The suggested venue is not suitable due to its limited disabled access. The venue is on the first floor.
James Watts - Conservative Group Ford Green and Smallthorne Provision of a new polling station for 1FG1 who currently have to vote at the Smallthorne Community Centre, a pop-up polling station off Burtree Drive or a new station at St Mary’s Church on Ford Green Road. Undertake evaluation of suggested premises to assess suitability for polling station. It is proposed that the suggested changes be considered during the future review.
James Watts - Conservative Group Hanford and Trentham The only issue raised by the ward councillors was the entry system used at the Priory School which caused confusion for voters. Undertake evaluation of premises to assess suitability for polling station. Ensure polling station staff are briefed fully and extra signage is in place to avoid confusion.
James Watts - Conservative Group Lightwood and Normacot  The polling place for 3LN3, Lightwood Road Methodist Church has no disabled access. Undertake evaluation of premises to assess suitability for polling station. An assessment has been undertaken of the polling station. No other venue is available for this polling district. Discussions to be undertaken to provide more permanent ramps for the premises.
Lillian Dodd Dresden and Florence The designation of polling stations needs to be changed in this ward. They are the wrong way round for the residents who vote at the library and the scout hall. Undertake evaluation of ward to assess suitability for polling stations to be moved. It is proposed that the suggested changes be considered during the future review.

It is proposed all other polling places and stations remain as currently configured being deemed for purpose for a Parliamentary election.