Polling districts and polling stations review

Polling station in bloom 2023

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is carrying out a review of all polling districts and polling stations across the borough.

Under the review, which is being carried out in accordance with the Electoral Registration and Administrative Act 2013, it is proposed that changes should be made to the Hollybush and Peartree wards.  It is proposed that all other wards remain unaltered as they meet current legislative criteria.

The purpose of the review is to ensure that appropriate facilities are in place at polling stations to enable electors to vote, that polling stations are fully accessible and that additional polling stations are provided in areas where there has been an increase in electorate.

The proposals are to change the polling districts in Hollybush Ward and to add an additional polling district and amend the existing polling districts in Peartree Ward.  There is also a proposal to change the polling station at Peartree Primary School, to WGC & Hatfield Sea Cadets, 64-68 Bridge Road East.

WHBC Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Ka Ng said:

This review will help ensure that polling stations across Welwyn Hatfield are fit for purpose and are accessible to all.  I welcome comments on the proposals and representations from key stakeholders, interested groups and organisations or individuals on the appropriateness of the polling stations and any other comments on the scheme in general.

The proposals and maps can be found on the council’s website.

Copies of the proposals can also be inspected during office hours in the council’s reception area at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6AE.

Comments and representations should be submitted to the Electoral Services Manager at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6AE or emailed to elections@welhat.gov.uk by 29 November 2023.

All submissions will be available for inspection from 29 November 2023 on the council’s website, or by appointment at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6AE. You can make an appointment by contacting the Electoral Services team by email: elections@welhat.gov.uk or by telephone on 01707 357300

The outcome of the review will be publicised on the council’s website on 17 January 2024 and the final decision of the review will be made at the meeting of Full Council held on 5 February 2024.

Published: 2nd November 2023