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Polling districts and places review December 2020 information - Habberley

Last updated 2020

1.0 Background

Local authorities are required to review their polling districts and polling places every five years under section 18C of the Representation of the People Act 1983. Each authority may choose the exact dates and length of their review; however, it must fall within a specified window. The review was completed in February 2020.

At the meeting of Full Council on 26 February 2020 it was agreed to undertake a further review of polling districts and polling places in Franche & Habberley North and Blakebrook & Habberley South.

A consultation was run between 30 September 2020 and 6 November 2020 but, due to a publishing error on our website, we are re-running the process as the error may have caused confusion to anyone who responded before it was corrected. We will therefore not take account of responses to the previous consultation.

We apologise for the inconvenience: you will need to respond to this consultation if you want us to take account of your views.

2.0 Timetable

The review starts on 11 December 2020. The consultation period will run until 5pm on 29 January 2021. The final Report will be considered at the full Council meeting 24 February 2021 and any changes agreed will come into effect from 1 March 2021.

3.0 Statutory Notice

The Statutory Notice can be found here. 

4.0 Definitions of terms

The definitions of the terms for the items being reviewed are:

  • A 'polling district' is a geographical subdivision of an electoral area such as a district ward within which a polling place is designate.
  • A 'polling place' is defined as the building or area in which a polling station resides.
  • A 'polling station' is the room or area within a polling place where voting takes place. Unlike polling districts and polling places which are fixed by the local authority, polling stations are chosen by the (Acting) Returning Officer.

5.0 The Review

The review requires the Council to:

  • Seek to ensure that all the electors in the wards of Blakebrook & Habberley South and Franche & Habberley North wards have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.
  • Seek to ensure that, so far as is reasonable and practicable, the polling places they are responsible for are accessible to all electors and, when considering the designation of a polling place, must have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons.
  • Seek to ensure that polling places are within their polling district unless special circumstances make it desirable to designate an area outside the polling district.

The (Acting) Returning Officer is required to decide how many polling stations are needed for each polling place and to allocate electors to the polling stations in such a manner he thinks most convenient.

The following is not considered as part of the review:

  • The changing of any district ward boundaries (which can only be done by statute following an electoral review carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission). This review is concerned only with the administrative subdivision of a ward into polling districts which are then assigned polling places;

or

  • The changing of polling districts in areas which are also aligned with parish boundaries and therefore cannot be amended during this review (these can only be amended during a Community Governance Review).

The Council is keen to receive representations from any interested individual, group or organisation, particularly those with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability, on alterations to current electoral arrangements. Representations should, wherever possible, include suggested alternative premises which may be used for polling purposes. Any elector within the authority or within the Wyre Forest parliamentary constituency may make a representation.

6.0 Current arrangements

Table A shows the current arrangements for each polling district  and which polling station voters are allocated to, and Table B the minimum and maximum distances electors travel.

Table A

Division

Ward

Polling District

Electorate

Properties

Polling Station

St. Mary’s

Blakebrook & Habberley South

BHS-4

321

433

Gainsborough House Hotel

St. John’s

Blakebrook & Habberley South

BHS-5

2929

1818

Gainsborough House Hotel

St. Barnabas

Franche & Habberley North

FHN-3

4567

2548

Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club

 

Table B lays out the distance travelled by electors to their Polling stations.

Table B

Polling District

Minimum metres travelled (as the crow flies)

Maximum metres travelled (as the crow flies)

Polling Station

BHS-4

1093

1573

Gainsborough House Hotel

BHS-5

40

1138

Gainsborough House Hotel

FHN-3

34

1577

Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club

7.0 Wyre Forest District Council’s Proposals

Wyre Forest District Council is proposing to alter the polling places for the polling districts BHS-4, BHS-5 and part of FHN-3.

Electors for the polling Districts BHS-4 and BHS-5 currently vote at the Gainsborough House Hotel and FHN-3 currently vote at Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club.

Under the proposal, the polling district FHN-3 would be split into two polling districts, creating FHN-4 in addition to FHN-3.  Lists C1 and C2 shows the proposed polling districts split by street. FHN-3 would remain voting at Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club whilst the new FHN-4 would vote at the Habberley Social Club.

Polling district BHS-4 would move to vote at Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club whilst BHS-5 would join FHN-4 and vote at Habberley Social Club.

Lists C1 to C4: proposed allocation of voters as per polling districts

List C1 - Streets that would change from FHN-3 to FHN-4. 

New polling district FHN-4 would vote at Habberley Social Club.

  • Abbey Road
  • Beverley Close
  • Briars Gardens
  • Canterbury Road
  • Cathedral Avenue
  • Cheshire Grove
  • Domar Road
  • Drake Crescent
  • Ely Close
  • Exeter Close
  • Glastonbury Close
  • Habberley Road (no. 52-119)
  • Hawthorn Grove
  • Hillside Drive
  • Holmwood Avenue
  • Lichfield Avenue
  • Lincoln Crescent
  • Manor Avenue
  • Manor Avenue South
  • Manor Close
  • Milton Close
  • Norwich Avenue
  • Salisbury Drive
  • Spinney Close
  • St Albans Avenue
  • St Davids Close
  • St Johns Avenue
  • St Pauls Avenue
  • Trimpley Drive
  • Wells Close
  • Winchester Avenue

List C2 - Streets that would remain FHN-3

New polling district FHN-3 would remain voting at Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club 

  • Aintree Close
  • Aldermere Road
  • Aster Avenue
  • Avill Grove
  • Beaulieu Close
  • Beechfield Drive
  • Brabham Close
  • Bradley Thursfield Court
  • Brooklands Drive
  • Broomfield Close
  • Broomfield Road
  • Delphinium Close
  • Erica Close
  • Franche Road
  • Gardeners Close
  • Goodwin Close
  • Grange Road
  • Habberley Road (no. 32-48)
  • Hawkstone Close
  • Hay Close
  • Lakes Close
  • Lobelia Close
  • Mallory Drive
  • Marlpool Court
  • Marlpool Lane
  • Marlpool Place
  • Mill Street
  • Newlands Close
  • Northcliffe Heights
  • Oulton Close
  • Pendine Close
  • Puxton Drive
  • Puxton Lane
  • Sandicliffe Close
  • Silverstone Avenue
  • Spindle Close
  • Whitville Close
  • Willowfield Drive
  • Woodland Avenue

List C3 - streets in existing polling district BHS-4 

Existing polling district BHS-4 would vote at Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club

  • Arch Hill
  • Blackwell Street
  • Bromsgrove Street
  • Bull Ring
  • Castle Road
  • Church Street
  • Coventry Street
  • Freda Eddy Court
  • Green Street
  • High Street
  • Lion Square
  • Lion Street
  • Lower Mill Street
  • Marlborough Street
  • New Road
  • Orchard Street
  • Oxford Street
  • Prospect Hill
  • Vicar Street
  • Worcester Street

 

List C4  - Streets in existing polling district BHS-5

Existing polling district BHS-5 would vote at Habberley Social Club.

  • Bennett Street
  • Bentons Court
  • Bewdley Grange
  • Bewdley Hill
  • Bewdley Road
  • Blakebrook
  • Blakebrook Close
  • Blakebrook Gardens
  • Brook Street
  • Broomfield Road
  • Burghley Drive
  • Canterbury Road
  • Cathedral Avenue
  • Cedar Crescent
  • Cedar Drive
  • Church Walk
  • Clares Court
  • Coley Close
  • Crane Street
  • Crestwood Avenue
  • Grammar Close
  • Guildford Close
  • Habberley Road
  • Habberley Street
  • Hereford Close
  • Highlands Close
  • Hill Close
  • Holmwood Avenue
  • Jelleyman Close
  • King Charles Close
  • Kings Road
  • Lea Wood Grove
  • Lower Mill Street
  • Mason Road
  • Meadow Hill Close
  • Mill Lane
  • Mill Street
  • Millers Court
  • Moule Close
  • Oakden Place
  • Parkland Avenue
  • Paternoster Row
  • Pershore Road
  • Pineridge Drive
  • Purcell House
  • Renfrew Gardens
  • Rowland Hill Avenue
  • Ruth Chamberlain Court
  • Salisbury Drive
  • Selba Drive
  • Selsdon Close
  • Shrewsbury Road
  • Steve Roberts Court
  • St Johns Avenue
  • St Johns Close
  • St Johns Street
  • Summer Place
  • Summerhill Avenue
  • The Lea
  • The Patios
  • Tintern Close
  • Truro Drive
  • Welbeck Drive
  • Western Way
  • Westminster Road
  • Westville Avenue
  • Whitburn Close
  • Woodfield Street

Table D shows the proposed set up by electorate.

Table D

Division

Ward

Polling District

Electorate

Properties

Polling Station

St. Mary’s

Blakebrook & Habberley South

BHS-4

321

433

Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club

St. John’s

Blakebrook & Habberley South

BHS-5

2929

1818

Habberley Social Club

St. Barnabas

Franche & Habberley North

FHN-3

4567

2548

Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club

St. Barnabas

Franche & Habberley North

FHN-4

1764

1542

Habberley Social Club

 

Table E sets out the distance travelled by electors under the new proposals.

Table E

Polling District

Minimum metres travelled (as the crow flies)

Maximum metres travelled (as the crow flies)

Polling Station

BHS-4

1127

1886

Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club

BHS-5

72

1633

Habberley Social Club

FHN-3

34

1029

Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club

FHN-4

271

1214

Habberley Social Club

The current arrangements are considered to have worked successfully in several recent elections and electoral processes but the Review conducted in 2019 showed that some of the electorate wanted to amend the Habberley estate’s polling place.

There has been no discernible impact on participation as a result of the major changes agreed in 2014.

Information about the turnout can be seen in this report to Council from 2015 which in particular reviewed participation levels since the changes agreed in 2014; and the most recent report, on elections in May 2019 and December 2019.

The proposals will mean some electors have slightly further to travel to their polling place while the distance will reduce for others.

Electors transferring from Gainsborough House Hotel to Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Football Club would still be able to use public transport if required, using the local bus service 297 provided by Arriva Buses from Kidderminster Bus Station. Alternatively, the option to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf or receive a postal vote is available.

8.0 Polling Districts, Places and Stations information

Information on the current Polling Districts, Places and Stations including their electorate

A map of the existing Polling Districts and Polling Places  

9.0 How to respond

You can respond via the short online questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wfdcpollingreview

Alternatively you can respond in writing to electoral@wyreforestdc.gov.uk or to the Electoral Registration Officer, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster DY11 7WF.

Please note that as part of the review, all submissions, relevant correspondence and (Acting) Returning Officer comments will be made available for public inspection and be published in the final report and considered at full council on 24 February 2021. Personal data (such as your full address or email address) would not be published in the report to council and would be redacted (withheld).

10.0 Outcome

Any changes approved by Council on 24 February 2021 will be incorporated into the electoral register in 1 March 2021 and will take effect at any election after that date.

We will only contact you regarding this feedback.
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