Feedback sought as part of polling stations review

The council is undertaking a review of its polling stations across Whitby and the rest of the borough.

Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) is looking at the polling places, stations and districts within the Parliamentary Constituencies of Scarborough, Whitby and parts of Ryedale, to ensure electors have reasonable access for voting at elections.

It has to be done every four years and in line with parliamentary regulations local residents are being asked for their comments on the stations currently used and suggestions for other venues.

There are 75 venues across the borough and 26 serving voters living in Whitby and the surrounding area.

For the Danby ward they are the village hall, Botton village hall, Castleton village hall and Lealholm Methodist Chapel.

Esk Valley voters currently use Egton parish hall, Sleights village hall, St Thomas’ Church Hall at Glaisdale, Goathland village hall, Grosmont sports pavilion and Sneaton village hall.

In the Fylingdales ward there is the local village hall and Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre parish hall and for Whitby there is the Community College, Ruswarp village hall and Stakesby School.

Mulgrave ward residents can vote at Aislaby parish hall, St Hilda’s School at Hinderwell., Staithes village hall, Lythe village hall, Pyman Institute, Sandsend, Mickleby village hall, Newholm-cum-Dunsley village hall and Christ Church Hall at Ugthorpe.

The polling stations covering Whitby West Cliff ward are the Leisure Centre and Church House Centre on Flowergate.

Sue Bedford, SBC’s elections officer said: “We are looking for feedback on any aspect of the polling districts and polling places currently used, so please get in touch and let us know what you think so we can improve the places where you vote.”

Anyone with comments on the arrangements should email or write to the Electoral Registration Officer at Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG before 6 October.

Meanwhile, residents are also being reminded to complete forms being sent to addresses asking them to check their details are correct and they are entitled to vote.