Decision Maker: Council
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Council considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance seeking delegated authority to the Council’s Returning Officer to decide on an alternative polling station at the forthcoming elections in May 2021, in the event of any designated venues not being available for use.
Members were reminded that the last review of polling places had taken place in 2019 and how having given prior notice of the need to use all designed polling stations in May 2021 the booking agents for a number had yet to confirm. Delegated authority was therefore being sought to allow the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance to agree alternative polling stations, if required.
The Leader of the Council presented the report and proposed that the recommendation be agreed. This was duly seconded.
The Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance advised that since writing the report further responses had been received from Polling Station booking agents and as a result there were now only two stations from which a response was awaited. It was noted that should the elections continue as scheduled for May 2021 there would be a significant amount of work required over the forthcoming months to ensure that all polling stations were COVID safe.
The Chairman moved the recommendation and this was duly agreed by assent.
RESOLVED that for the elections being held on 6 May 2021, the Council delegates authority to the Returning Officer to decide on a suitable alternative venue, should any designated polling station become unavailable.
Publication date: 19/02/2021
Date of decision: 04/02/2021
Decided at meeting: 04/02/2021 - Council