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A five-yearly administrative review of Redditch’s polling districts, places, and stations has begun.

Under government rules, councils that run elections must review the details of how they do so before January 2020 and then every five years.

The reviews cover the provision of reasonable and accessible voting facilities for everyone, sites of polling stations, and technical matters such as how electoral wards are subdivided. They do not consider ward boundaries, which are a separate matter controlled by statute.

Redditch Borough Council’s review began on Wednesday (July 17) and anyone with an interest in alterations to current electoral arrangements is invited to suggest alternatives during an initial consultation period that runs until August 28.

Darren Whitney, the borough council’s Electoral Services Manager, said: “The council is keen to hear from any interested individual, group or organisation, particularly those with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability, on alterations to current electoral arrangements.”

All submissions to the review will be considered by officers and the Electoral Matters Committee of the council. Draft recommendations will then be drawn up for another period of consultation that will run in September and October, and then the conclusions of the review will be published at the end of November.

Submissions can be made in writing to or to Polling District and Polling Places Review, c/o Electoral Services Manager, Redditch Borough Council, Town Hall, Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 8AH. All submissions as well as relevant correspondence and officer comments will be made available for public inspection as part of the review.

Find out more about the 'Polling Districts, Places & Stations Review 2019' here.