As required by the Representation of the People Act 1983 and by Section 17 of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, Argyll and Bute Council was required to undertake a review, by 31 January 2020, of polling districts and polling places within the UK Parliamentary Constituency for the purposes of UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government elections.
Every local authority is required to carry out a review by the end of January 2020 and every fifth year after that to ensure both reasonable facilities for voting and that polling places are accessible to all electors, including voters with a disability, so far as is practicable.
Each polling district must have a designated polling place that can be brought into use on election days for local people. Polling places must, in general terms, be within the designated polling district, and the building/facilities used should be as accessible as possible.
The review is not an attempt to introduce change for the sake of it or to “fix what is not broken” – changes will only be made to existing arrangements where clear benefits can be justified.
The aim of the review was:-
- Seek comments on the present division of polling districts, and the suitability of the buildings and rooms presently used on election days for polling purposes.
- Ensure that all electors in the County have reasonable facilities for voting (as far as practicable in the circumstances).
- Ensure that (in as far as is reasonable and practicable), the polling places used are accessible to all electors, including those who are less able or have particular needs.
The Council has always aimed to locate polling stations within a convenient distance from the majority of electors’ homes, with the premises being easy to find and accessible to all. However, it is not always possible to find (or to get permission to use) perfect premises in every area. A best compromise is however always sought.
The Council welcomed relevant comments from residents in Argyll and Bute, and any individuals or bodies who have a particular expertise in relation to the use of premises or facilities for those who have different forms of ability or disability. Political parties, existing elected representatives and other interested parties were also invited to contribute.
The review ran from Monday 1 October 2018 and all representations needed to be submitted by 10th December 2018 by post to the Election Office.
Draft proposals for the revised scheme of Polling Districts and Polling Places together with a statement of reasons were published and final recommendations presented to Full Council on 21st February 2019. The Council approved the scheme of Polling Districts and Polling Places as detailed in the list below and the full report and decision can be accessed here.
Polling districts and polling places will continue to be reviewed on an on-going basis by the Returning Officer to whom authority has already been delegated to make alterations in response to changing circumstances.
Under the provisions of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 a further formal review of polling districts and polling places will require to be carried out by the end of January 2025 and on a 5 yearly basis thereafter.
The Council is grateful to everyone who participated in the review process.
The Council is currently making preparations for the European Parliamentary Elections on 23rd May and, for this election only, there have been a number of temporary changes to polling stations as some regular venues are not available on this occasion. The relevant list for the European Parliamentary Elections can be found on the relevant web page for that election.
Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT
Documentation and maps
- List of polling places and polling districts
- Returning Officer submission - Oct 18
- Letter to stakeholders - Sept 18
- Letter to Cleland Sneddon, Returning Officer - Sept 18
- Polling District Review 2018 - notes
- Helensburgh and Lomond South
- Helensburgh Central - proposed British Red Cross
- Helensburgh Central
- Kintyre and Islands
- Lomond North
- Mid Argyll
- Oban North and Lorn
- Oban South and Mull
- South Kintyre