Lambeth Council has published notice of its statutory review of polling districts and polling places and would like to invite comments on the proposed scheme by Sunday 13 October 2019. The purpose of the review is to ensure all polling districts, polling places and polling stations in the borough serve the needs of voters.

Please note that this review does not form part of the current Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) review of Lambeth Council's electoral arrangements.

Proposals

In arriving at the proposed scheme for consultation, the council reviewed current electorate figures along with polling district boundaries and existing polling places and polling stations, whilst considering representations and concerns raised by stakeholders since completion of the last statutory review.

It should be noted that the LGBCE review will result in significant changes to electoral ward boundaries in Lambeth. Therefore, no polling district boundary alterations are proposed as part of the 2019 polling district and polling place review, as any inequalities in electorate totals for each polling district will be accommodated through the use of double polling stations where required.

The polling district and polling place scheme sets out the proposed polling places for each ward, along with electorate figures and ward maps showing the location of each polling station.

Feedback and representations

Residents living in Lambeth and electors within any UK parliamentary constituency, wholly or partly contained in Lambeth may comment on any of the recommendations within the whole local authority area. Other interested organisations and stakeholders can make comments and representations on the proposals during the consultation period.

A compulsory submission from the (Acting) Returning Officer for the UK Parliamentary constituencies within Lambeth will also be obtained and published by the council.

In addition, the council welcomes representations from any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability to comment on the authority’s proposals, the (Acting) Returning Officer’s representation or any other matters.

Individuals and organisations making representations are invited to suggest alternative polling districts/polling places and are encouraged to give reasons for any alternative proposals so these may be given appropriate consideration.

The public consultation period starts on Monday 16 September 2019 and ends on Sunday 13 October 2019. Comments and representations must reach us no later than Sunday 13 October 2019.

Please send your comments to:

Name: Chris John, Electoral Services Manager
Email: pollingstations@lambeth.gov.uk
By post: Electoral Services, Town Hall, 2 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW.

All representations will made publicly available following the close of consultation period.

What happens next

The council will consider representations received during the consultation period and publish a final proposed scheme taking these comments into account. The final scheme will be reported to the Council’s Corporate Committee on 15 November 2019 and implemented when the revised electoral register is published on 1 December 2019. The final scheme of polling stations and polling places will be used at subsequent national and local elections and referendums.

Timetable

Date Event
Monday 16 September 2019 Publication of review notice and start of consultation
Sunday 13 October 2019 End of consultation
Monday 14 November 2019 Proposals considered by Corporate Committee
Sunday 1 December 2019 Revised register published and scheme implemented