Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations
Each council is required by law to carry out a review every four years to ensure that it provides reasonable facilities for voting and that polling places are accessible to all electors, including voters with a disability.
In accordance with Section 18 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (as amended by Section 17 of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013), Aberdeenshire Council has conducted a review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations within the UK parliamentary constituencies of Banff and Buchan, Gordon and West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine.
Each local authority is required to carry out such a review between 1 October, 2013, and 31 January, 2015 and then every fifth year from 1 October, 2013. The purpose of the review is to ensure reasonable facilities for voting and that polling places are accessible to all electors, including voters with a disability, so far as is practicable.
Representations and observations were invited from electors within the Aberdeenshire Council area or within any Parliamentary constituency within the authority’s area, and from anyone else, including elected representatives, political parties and persons or organisations with particular expertise in respect of access to premises for people with different forms of disability.
Those who wished to make representations regarding existing polling arrangements were requested, wherever possible, to suggest alternative venues which might be used as polling places.
Having considered all representations received, the Council decided to approve those polling districts and polling places which it believed are best suited for providing reasonable facilities for all voters, including those with a disability. A report providing details of the approved polling places and polling districts can be found below, together with relevant maps and a copy of the formal review notice, the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan, housing schedules and small area population estimates. The Returning Officer made a submission on the basis of initial representations received and that too has been placed on this site.
Letters to Capability Scotland, Access Panel, Cornerstone, and Grampian Society For The Blind:
Returning Officer's Submission
Correspondence from Aberdeen City Council
Correspondence from Angus Council
Correspondence from Moray Council
Correspondence from Councillor George Carr
Correspondence from Councillor Hamish Vernal
Correspondence Regarding Portlethen
Correspondence from CC Whitehills and District
the report to Council on 24th April, entitled Representation of the People Act 1983 - Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places:
Extract of Minute of Aberdeenshire Council of 24 April, 2014
List of Polling Districts
Information pertaining to the final, approved polling places and polling districts can also be viewed at the Council's HQ at Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, and at main area offices as follows: St. Leonard's, Sandyhill Road, Banff; Arbuthnot House, Broad Street, Peterhead; Area Office, Bridge Street, Ellon; Gordon House, Blackhall Road, Inverurie; Area Office, School Road, Alford; and Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven.
Individuals, however, still have a right to make representations to the Electoral Commission regarding the findings of the Council's review. Representations must be in writing by post (Legal Counsel, The Electoral Commission, 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (020 7271 0505) and should be specific as possible. The grounds on which it may be stated that a local authority has failed to conduct a proper review are: (a) the authority has failed to meet the reasonable requirements of electors in the constituency or (b) the authority has failed to take sufficient account of accessibility to disabled persons of the polling station(s) within a polling place. Any such representations should include the location and other relevant information regarding the polling place at issue, stating specifically why it is inaccessible or does not meet the reasonable requirements of electors.
For more information please contact our Election Team.