With county council elections fast approaching, East Northamptonshire Council has sent out a statement to remind residents that some polling stations have changed and they should check their polling card for details.
Each local authority is required to conduct a review of its polling places every four years and East Northamptonshire Council completed its review in 2012 to see if the system could run more efficiently and save money.
David Oliver, Chief Executive and Deputy Returning Officer, said: “Polling stations are very expensive to run so we had a look at those which see just a handful of voters making use of them, and re-located some of them to join with neighbouring stations. By doing this, we can save roughly £500 per station which all helps to protect the public purse.
“Other polling stations have changed as a result of the county council’s boundary changes, or because the usual polling station isn’t available on 2 May, or because we have identified a better or more convenient location.
“Most residents will go to the same polling station they have always done but some will go to a new venue. It’s all on your poll card and our website so please check before voting day.”
Changes to venues include Thorpe Waterville where voters will now go to the St John the Baptist church rather than the caravan in Lilford and in Laxton voters will go to the new village hall and in Kings Cliffe, the village hall will be a polling station as opposed to the community centre. In Oundle, voters who previously went to the Methodist Church Hall will now go to the Talbot Hotel and in Rushden, voters who went to the Pemberton Centre will now vote at Tennyson Road Infants School. Voters in Stoke Doyle will vote in Barnwell, and voters in Newton Bromswold will go to Rushden.
The election stake place on Thursday May 2 and you can find out where your poll station is by checking your polling card or by visitng www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/pollingstations.
Those who don’t want to vote at a polling station can apply for a postal vote by calling 01832 742119 or emailing email@example.com Your application must be in by 5pm on Wednesday April 17.