Consultation

Review of Polling Arrangements

Response to the consultation

Consultation results

Purpose of the consultation

Bradford Council is conducting a review of its polling districts and polling places as required by the Representation of the People Act 1983 and by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013.  The review must be carried out to make sure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.

 

The official Notice of Review is published below.

 

What does the review involve?

 

This review is an opportunity for electors, elected Members, local political representatives, community groups and any other interested parties within the Bradford district to express their views on the existing polling district boundaries and polling places, and where possible make alternative suggestions for consideration. The Council also welcomes comments or representations from any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.

 

The review does not affect the Council boundary, or the boundaries of the 5 parliamentary constituencies, or the boundaries of the 30 wards within the Bradford district.  Therefore, the review can consider the subdivision of a district council ward into polling districts, but it cannot consider changes to district ward boundaries (which can only be done by statute).

 

How to make comments or representations?

 

Comments or representations should be made in writing to Electoral Services, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, 3rd Floor, City Hall, Bradford, BD1 1HY, or by email to electoralservices@bradford.gov.uk by Monday, 5 August 2019.

 

Once the initial consultation period has ended, the Council will consider all representations received including those from the Returning Officer and form its initial proposals which will be available on this page, 16 August 2019. A further consultation period will immediately commence on these proposals and will end on 16 September 2019.

 

The Council will agree final proposals in November 2019 and will publish a Final Notice of Review on 18 November 2019.

 

The authority must publish all correspondence sent and received, details of the results of the review including any issues raised and indeed any changes which have been approved, giving the reasons for its decisions. A copy of the Returning Officer’s report will be published on this website.

 

Definition of terms

 

a)    Parliamentary Constituency

 

The area designated by the Boundary Commission which is represented by a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons.  This cannot be changed by the review.

 

b)   Wards

 

The District is divided into areas known as “Wards” which are represented by District Councillors.  Ward boundaries cannot be changed by this review – it is the division of wards into polling districts and polling places that is under review.

 

c)    Polling districts

 

A polling district is the area created by the separation of a ward into smaller parts, within which a polling place can be determined that is most suitable for the electors.

 

d)   Polling places

 

A polling place is the building or area in which the polling stations will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer.

 

e)    Polling station

 

A polling station is the room or area in which voting takes place. This must be located within the polling place that has been designated for the particular polling district.  In some cases there is more than one polling station within a polling place, dependent upon how many people vote there.

 

Selecting polling stations

 

The principal factor for selecting polling stations is the suitability within a district for the majority of the electorate and the decision for this is made by the Returning Officer.

 

What needs to be considered when making representations?

 

              Is the most suitable building in the area currently being used as the polling station?

              Might it be possible to redraw part of a polling district boundary to include a more accessible building which could be used as a polling station?

              Are there any polling districts in which electors are having to pass a polling station to reach their allocated polling station for voting?

              Was the polling station easy to access?

              It should be noted that in more sparsely populated areas it is not feasible to set up polling districts and polling stations for very small numbers of electors.

              Attention is drawn to areas where there are parish or town councils – parish ward boundaries cannot be changed within this review and so any proposed polling district(s) must be wholly within parish wards (a parish ward can be made up of more than one polling district).

 

Publication of representations

 

Persons or groups making submissions need to be aware that, upon completion of the review, all correspondence received by the Council in connection with the review will be published, along with the details of the actual designations of polling districts and polling stations agreed, as a result of the review.

 

Notice of Review

 

Read the Notice of Review (PDF)

 

Timetable

 

Notice of Review (Commencement)

 

 

1 July 2019

 

End of Consultation Period

 

5 August 2019

 

 

Publication of initial proposals

 

16 August  2019

 

 

End of consultation period on the initial proposals

 

 

16 September 2019

 

Council meeting approval

 

15 October 2019

 

 

Publication of Review Result

 

18 November 2019

 

 

Publication of the Register of Electors

 

1 December 2019

 

 

Maps

 

You can view the current ward maps on our website

 

Current polling stations

 

You can find a list of the current polling stations on our website.

 

Electorate

 

View the District Electoral Totals for June 2019 (PDF)

 

Ward profiles

 

You can find ward profiles on our website.

Supporting documents