Reprieve for polling station

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RESIDENTS in Kingoldrum have reacted with relief to the news that their polling station is no longer under threat from closure.

In September they ran a campaign to retain the station at Kingoldrum Village Hall which, if closed, would force them to travel to the Northmuir Hall in Kirriemuir to vote. The village hall website ran a campaign for the station’s retention, with Angus Councillor Ian Mackintosh stating he was “horrified” to hear of the proposed closure which would be “another death in the community.”

Local resident Elspeth Hobson organised a petition and last week she said she was pleased the council had listened to public opinion. A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “The Returning Officer recently undertook a public consultation 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. We considered the comments and views from community groups and members of the public as to these proposals, and as a result revised, in our final report, our proposal to close Kingoldrum Polling Station.”