Statutory Parliamentary Polling District Review
Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (as amended by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013) we are required to undertake a statutory review of our Parliamentary polling districts and polling places. The Act also requires that we consult widely before reaching a decision on preferred polling district and polling place arrangements. In addition, the Acting Returning Officer for each constituency is required to submit his or her own proposals for future electoral arrangements.
The last full reviews of Parliamentary polling districts and places in Exeter, were undertaken in 2015 and 2016 following reviews of electoral arrangements in Exeter and Devon respectively, carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE). The reviews were completed in January 2016 and again in January 2017. The Council is now required to carry out a further scheduled statutory review to be completed in 2019.
- The Parliamentary polling districts and places are replicated for local government elections.
- The Act requires each local authority to undertake a review every five years. The last statutory review was undertaken in 2014.
- The final decision on the situation of polling stations rests with the Returning Officer.
- It should be noted that City Ward, County Division and Parliamentary Constituency boundaries cannot be changed under this process.
To adopt the proposals as set out below for implementation from a revised register of electors to be published on 1 December 2019.
Currently consists of 4 polling districts AA, AB, AC and AD. The current polling districts of AA and AD to be merged and to be referred to as AA. This is due to the demise of St. Andrew’s Church as a polling station. The new arrangement will consist of 3 polling districts AA, AB and AC.
Duryard & St. James Ward
Currently consists of 4 polling districts BA, BB, BC and BD. The current polling districts of BB and BC to be merged into BB. The current polling district of BD to be renamed BC. The new arrangement will consist of 3 polling districts BA, BB and BC
Exwick Ward - No changes proposed.
Heavitree Ward - No changes proposed.
Mincinglake and Whipton - No changes proposed.
Newtown & St. Leonard’s Ward - No changes proposed.
Pennsylvania Ward - No changes proposed.
Pinhoe Ward - No changes proposed.
Priory Ward - No changes proposed.
St. David’s Ward - No changes proposed.
St. Loye’s Ward - No changes proposed.
St. Thomas Ward - No changes proposed.
Topsham Ward - No changes proposed.
Bearing in mind the continuing availability of suitable accommodation, and taking on board comments received following recent elections as to the suitability of some of the polling stations, the opportunity has also been taken to review polling stations within the City. This has led to the following changes:
- Electors currently allocated to polling district AA will be merged with the electors of AD and a double polling station set up at West Exe Technology College.
- Electors currently allocated to the polling district at BB, Lopes Hall, will be merged with the electors at BC and Exeter Cricket Club used as a polling station.
Reading the full report
The report on the Review of Polling Districts and Places has now been published and is available for inspection at the Civic Centre.