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Review of polling districts and polling places

Statutory review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

In accordance with the Representation of the People Act 1983, the Council has a duty to divide the electoral area into polling districts and to designate a polling place for each of those districts. The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 also requires every local authority to start and complete a review of its polling places and districts at least once every five years within a designated 16 month period, beginning on 1 October.

Over the last few months the Polling Place Review Working Group and the Electoral Services team have undertaken the review for Ashfield, making some small changes to a limited number of polling district boundaries and polling places to provide better facilities for electors.

Requirements of the review

In undertaking the review the Council must have due regard to the following considerations:

  • It must seek to ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances
  • It must seek to ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable every polling place for which it is responsible is accessible to electors who are disabled
  • Where possible the polling place should be in its own polling district. Special circumstances apply which allow for the polling place to be situated outside of the polling district where there is no suitable polling place within the polling district, and in these circumstances, regard should be had to the convenience of electors
  • Where possible each parish (and each parish ward) should be separate polling districts
  • Where boundaries for different elections are no longer co-terminous the areas no longer coterminous must be made into separate polling districts


Public consultation on the proposals commenced on 2 October 2023 for a period 4 weeks, ending on 31 October 2023.  During this period maps of existing and proposed polling district boundaries and any proposed polling place changes were available for public inspection.  Any representations received during the consultation period were presented to the Polling Place Review Working Group for consideration.

Final proposals and schedule of agreed Polling Districts and Polling Places

The recommendations of the Polling Place Review Working Group were presented to and approved by the Council on 27 November 2023 and will be reflected in the register.

Appeals process

Following the conclusion of the local authority’s review, certain persons have the right to make representations to the Electoral Commission.  The Commission will only consider representations that the review was not conducted correctly and therefore failed to meet the reasonable requirements of the electors in the constituency or has failed to take sufficient account of accessibility to disabled persons to the polling stations within a polling place.

Information on the eligibility of a person to make, and the process for lodging an appeal can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Supporting information

The minutes of the meetings held in respect of the review, details of any representations received and a table detailing the polling place for each polling district can be found in the related documents section of the page. Maps showing the newly adopted polling district boundaries are listed in the page.

Polling stations maps

Ways to contact us about polling reviews

If you have a question about our polling district or polling places review you can contact us by: