Changes to polling arrangements

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THE RETURNING Officer is currently consulting on changes to the current polling arrangements in Angus including the relocation of some polling places and the re-designation of several polling district boundaries.

There are currently 66 designated polling places in Angus with only one not considered to be accessible to disabled people. Polling places range from schools and leisure centres to local community and church halls and the facilities available are variable.

There is a continuing move away from using school buildings with a reduction in the number of schools being used from 22 in 2007 to 19 this year.

In an attempt to identify other suitable alternative venues for schools during this review, members of the election team have visited a number of venues across Angus to assess their suitability for use as polling places.

As a result of these visits, the Returning Officer is recommending the relocation of a further four polling places away from schools in Murroes, Arbroath, Carnoustie and Montrose.

Full details of the Returning Officer’s comments and draft proposal documents can be found on the council website at http://www.angus.gov.uk/elections/review/default.html

Any representations or comments on the draft proposals must be received by the deadline of 5pm on September 23.

All representations should be addressed to: The Head of Law & Administration, Corporate Services Department, Law & Administration Division, Angus Council, Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park , Forfar DD8 1AN or emailed to elections@angus.gov.uk. All representations received will be published on the council’s website www.angus.gov.uk and will be made available for public inspection in public libraries and ACCESS offices.