Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

23 January 2020

Notice of Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Isles of Scilly is conducting a review of polling districts and polling places as required by the Representation of the People Act 1983. 

Following a preliminary review, it is proposed:

  1. To retain the existing five polling districts: St Agnes, Bryher, St Martin’s, St Mary’s and Tresco. Given that each polling district is a separate island, the boundaries are clear and well defined.
  2. To retain the existing polling places on St Agnes, Bryher, St Martin’s and Tresco.
  3. To change the polling place for St Mary’s from the Town Hall to the Old Wesleyan Chapel.

If these proposals were adopted, the polling places would be as follows:

St Agnes - Island Hall, New Lane, St Agnes, TR22 0PL
Bryher - Community Centre, Timmy’s Hill, Bryher, TR23 0PR
St Martin’s - Island Hall, St Martin’s Road, St Martin’s, TR25 0QN
St Mary’s - Old Wesleyan Chapel, Garrison Lane, St Mary’s, TR21 0JD
Tresco - Community Centre, Block House Lane, Tresco, TR24 0PZ

The following comments, including the reasons for the change to the St Mary’s polling place, have been provided by the Acting Returning Officer for the St Ives parliamentary constituency:

“The removal of the false ceiling in the Town Hall on St Mary’s means the level of lighting is no longer adequate for a polling station. Several complaints to this effect were received during the European Parliamentary election in May 2019. Consequently the Old Wesleyan Chapel was used as an emergency polling station for the unscheduled general election in December 2019.

I am satisfied that polling stations in the Old Wesleyan Chapel on St Mary’s and in the existing polling places on the off-islands will provide all electors with reasonable facilities for voting and will be readily accessible to electors who are disabled.”

Public consultation

All electors within the St Ives parliamentary constituency may make representations to the Council of the Isles of Scilly on these proposals. 

The Council would welcome the views of all residents, particularly disabled residents.

The Council would welcome the views of any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.

Persons or bodies making representations should, if possible, give alternative places that may be used as polling places. 
The postal address and e-mail address for making representations are as follows:

Electoral Services
Council of the Isles of Scilly
Town Hall
St Mary’s
TR21 0LW

Representations that are received will be published and be available for inspection.

The deadline for making representations is Friday 14 February 2020.  
After representations have been considered, a final report will be submitted to Council.