Have your say on polling districts & stations

Voters are invited to give their views on polling stations used for the recent local and European elections in a public consultation that opens today (Wednesday 3 July).

Folkestone & Hythe District Council has launched a review of where people go to vote and is contacting political parties, community groups, parish and town councils.

The council want to capture comments on the current set up of all polling stations in the District, e.g Dungeness RNLI lifeboat station, as well as views on polling districts.

Residents are also encouraged to share their views and have their say on suggesting improvements to facilities to increase access in future elections.

Cllr David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said it was an important exercise, welcoming people to take part for the first time online.

 It's crucial that people can exercise their democratic right to vote and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to do so.

"We are keen to know if any of our polling stations were not easy to get to, perhaps because they were not on a bus route, or have enough space and access for those with mobility issues.
"And if anyone has any suggestions to change the polling station for a local pub or community centre for example, we'd welcome their feedback too."

The public consultation opens on Wednesday, 3 July, and runs until 14 August. The council's Returning Officer, Dr Susan Priest, will respond as part of the consultation and her response will be published on 24 July. People will then be able to comment on her response until 4 September.

Recommendations for any changes will go to the council's audit and governance committee in the autumn.  To take part in the consultation, visit www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/elections/polling-review