Local Government Ward Boundary Changes – Interim review of Polling Districts, Polling Stations and Polling Places

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Dear Colleagues,

This email is to make you aware that The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) have now issued their final recommendations for Wigan Council’s electoral arrangements.

Details of the LGBCE’s final recommendations can be found here: Wigan | LGBCE Site

The recommendations must now be approved by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament.  Subject to parliamentary scrutiny, the new electoral arrangements will come into force at the local elections in 2023. 

In preparation for the new ward boundaries coming into effect it has been necessary to undertake an interim review of the boroughs polling districts, the sub-areas into which each ward is divided, and also the polling places, the buildings in which polling stations are located.

Details regarding this review can be found here Interim Review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations 2022 (wigan.gov.uk)  and we are making all stakeholders aware that the Council is seeking views on the suitability of existing polling stations.  If you have any views on the boundaries of polling districts, or the buildings used as polling stations please complete the online survey, so that they may be taken into consideration in developing proposals.

The last full Review was held in 2019 and I now write to ask whether you have any suggestions regarding polling districts and polling places during the current interim Review.  Any comments that you submit will form part of the consultation process.

The documents published to encourage submissions are available on the Council’s website and the consultation period will end on Sunday 31 July 2022.

Please bear in mind when making suggestions that mobile polling places are only used in circumstances where no permanent premises are available for polling purposes.  Indeed, if you have any alternative suggestions where these are currently used, we would be very grateful to hear of them.

If you have any views on the electoral arrangements or suggestions as to more suitable locations for a polling station, I would be grateful if you would give them by visiting Interim Review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations 2022 (wigan.gov.uk)  by Sunday 31 July 2022 or by emailing Elections@wigan.gov.uk

Kind Regards

Julie Coplin
Principal Electoral Services Officer
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