On 29 September 2015, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England published its final recommendations with respect to revised electoral arrangements in Exeter.
In short, the number of wards has been reduced from 18 (with a mixture of 2 and 3 member wards) to 13 new wards (each with 3 members).
In order to implement these new arrangements, it is now necessary to review the polling districts, polling places and polling stations for the city.
The results of this review will form the basis for the publication of a revised register of electors on 1 February 2016; which will in turn form the basis of the arrangements for the City Council elections due on 5 May 2016 (along with the Police and Crime Commissioner elections also due).
To this effect, a Statutory Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places notice was published on 13 October 2015 to commence this process.
Publication of Notice of the Review – 13 October 2015
Consultation period – 13 October – 18 November 2015
Publication of the Returning Officers representations – within 30 days of receipt Report to Executive Committee – 18 January 2016
Submit to Council – 25 January 2016
Publication of Review Report – 28 January 2016
Implementation of report recommendations – from Register of Electors published on 1 February 2016, to take effect for any subsequent election and for the City Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections due 5 May 2016
A polling district is a geographical sub-division of an electoral area, i.e. a UK Parliamentary constituency, a European Parliamentary electoral region, a ward or an electoral division.
A polling place is a geographical area in which a polling station is located. In Exeter polling places are the same as the polling district to allow a greater degree of flexibility in deciding where a polling station should be.
A polling station is the actual room or building where the process of voting takes place, and must be located within the polling place designated for the particular polling district. The Returning Officer for the particular election must provide a sufficient number of polling stations, and allot the electors to those polling stations in such manner as he or she thinks the most convenient.
For the new St Thomas ward the proposals are:
A copy of the the paperwork can be viewed here, http://www.exeter.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15592 along with other information, including a fact sheet and maps showing proposals for new polling district arrangements for the new wards.