Responses were received to the consultation that took place in summer 2011 with regards to the polling station review conducted in accordance with the Electoral Administration Act 2006. This places a duty on the Council to undertake reviews every 4 years of all polling places.
The details of the existing arrangements for polling places, together with the representations for change were submitted to the Executive on 18 October 2011, who taking into account officer comments in relation to the proposed changes agreed the final arrangements for polling places in Barking and Dagenham.
Details of the proposals for polling districts and polling stations, together with a summary of representations made on a ward by ward basis, are set out in the following web pages. In summary there are no changes arising from the first review in 2008 to 13 of the 17 wards.
The wards affected are:
Chadwell Heath ward where it has been recognised that the cricket pavilion in St Chads Park (QD) falls below the normal public accessibility and safety standards, and as such the Baptist Church in Havering Gardens has been identified as a more suitable venue.
River ward where because some electors at the last election were required to travel further to cast their vote, the former River Community Centre in Oval Road South should again be used as a polling place, subject to the successful outcome of discussions with the Council's Asset Management division to improve the internal facilities and with the Dagenham Boxing Club
Thames ward where following an assessment of the Scout and Community Hall in Blessing Way, it is recommended that the building be designated as the polling station for the JD polling district with a consequential reconfiguration of both the JA and JD polling districts in order to reduce potential voter confusion arising from the current arrangements, create a better balance of electors to locations and address the emerging new developments at Barking Riverside, and
Whalebone ward where following an assessment of the Christian Fellowship Hall in Green Lanes, it is recommended that the building be designated for the LC polling district which will result in that section of the electorate voting within its own polling district.
Upon the publication of the final arrangements the following are, by law, entitled to appeal direct to the Electoral Commission within a period of six weeks and by no later than 12 January 2012:
- Groups of no less than 30 electors in a constituency who have not previously made representations
- An elector who has previously made representations during the Review
- A person who is not an elector in the area but who the Commission decides has expertise in access to premises or facilities for disabled people
1.5 All representations to the Electoral Commission must be in writing. They must be based on the grounds that the Council has not properly conducted the review because it has either failed to meet the reasonable requirements of electors, and/or taken insufficient account of accessibility for disabled people to the polling places within a polling district.
Review of polling districts and polling stations