Decision details

Decision details

Polling Places Review - Effects of Covid-19 and the postponement of the ward boundaries

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The changes to the ward boundaries were due to take effect at the elections this May. As a result of the Coronavirus Act those changes were postponed, along with the elections, to May 2021. So the Council needs to be able to hold by-elections and other polls using the "old" boundaries between now and May 2021. To do that we need to amend the new scheme so as to be able to re-create the old scheme. This report proposes a scheme to enable that.


Council considered the report of the Head of Law and Governance seeking approval of a draft schedule of polling districts and polling for the administrative area of the City Council in order to enable any by-elections to take place before May 2021 on the old ward boundaries.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Brown, presented the report and moved the recommendations which were agreed on being seconded and put to the vote.

Council resolved to:

1.            approve the draft schedule of polling places and polling districts as detailed in Appendix 1 to this report;

2.            agree that the changes should not be formally published unless required;

3.            agreethat the scheme approved by Council on 13 February 2020 will apply again from 1 December 2020.


Publication date: 29/07/2020

Date of decision: 20/07/2020

Decided at meeting: 20/07/2020 - Council

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