Wyre Forest residents are being urged to check their poll cards closely to make sure they know which polling station they need to visit to cast their vote.
Over the next couple of weeks Wyre Forest residents who are on the electoral register will receive a poll card for the elections on Thursday 7 May 2015. The polling station the elector should use is stated on the card. This year there have been several changes to the polling stations and the polling districts.
The changes follow a Local Government Boundary Commission Review. It has resulted in the Wyre Forest District Council area being divided into 12 wards with 33 Councillors. Previously there were 17 wards with 42 Councillors. The different ward boundaries means new polling districts are being introduced and some new polling stations too.
Eighteen locations that were previously used for polling stations will no longer be used for elections.
The following polling stations are not being used at this election:
Riverside Elim Church, Dog Lane.
The Fred Bennett Community Centre, George Street
Habberley Church Hall, Canterbury Road
Kidderminster County Buildings (Registry Office), Bewdley Road
Milton Hall Baptist Church, Lorne Street
Salvation Army, Jerusalem Walk
St George’s Social Club, Radford Avenue
St John Ambulance Station, Birmingham Road
St Oswald’s School (Social Care), Sion Avenue
The Y Centre, Dowles Road.
Burlish Park Primary School, Windermere Way
The Old Rose and Crown Public House, Worcester Road
Stourport Community Centre, Lickhill Road
Walshes Community Centre, Linden Avenue
Wilden Village Hall, Wilden Lane.
Pound Green & Button Oak Community Hall, Pound Green
Rock Village Hall, Porchbrook Road
Far Forest Village Hall, Cleobury Road.
Ian Miller, (Acting) Returning Officer said:
“Please check your poll card carefully. This year there will be a Parliamentary election and local elections as well as a Local Advisory Poll in Kidderminster, so it’s really important you use your vote. Many electors will experience a change of polling station. The details of where to vote will be on your poll card. If anyone doesn’t want to visit the polling station they can request a postal vote. You don’t need a special reason to apply for one.”
You can register to vote online or application forms can be obtained from the Worcestershire Hub in Kidderminster. The deadline to register to vote is midnight Monday 20 April 2015. Postal vote application forms are available to download from the Council’s website . The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm Tuesday 21 April 2015.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote at your current address, you should contact the Electoral Services Team on 01562 732928 or email the team.