Polls apart for election day in Stafford Borough 



    A variety of venues will become polling stations this week giving residents across Stafford Borough the chance to cast votes in local elections. 

    Local sports clubs, pubs, churches and village halls are convenient locations that will be used for people to vote on Thursday (6 May.) 

    Stafford Rangers and Brocton Football Clubs, Stone Tennis and Squash Club, The Polish Club in Stafford, and the Methodist Church in Barlaston, are just some of the venues to become polling stations for the day. 

    Stafford Borough Council will be running a number of polls after elections were postponed last year because of Covid-19. 

    Elections will be held for a new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC), for all seats on Staffordshire County Council, and a by-election for a seat on Stone Town Council. There is also a referendum to decide whether residents of Stone accept a proposed ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ - which helps regulate development in the area. 

    More than 100 polling stations will be open for residents eligible to vote - with the council saying a lot of work had been done to ensure the venues were covid-19 safe. It has meant changes to the location of some polling stations. For example, several schools will no longer be used if it required closing the premises to pupils on the day - and if the council was able to find an appropriate alternative venue. 

    Electoral Returning Officer, Tim Clegg, who is the Chief Executive of the Borough Council: “We are very grateful for the assistance of local businesses, sports clubs and community groups who have allowed us the use of their premises as polling stations. 

    “Their assistance is really important and means voters across the borough won’t have far to travel to make their voice heard on Thursday 6 May.” 

    Polling stations will open from 7am to 10pm.  

    The elections for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and Neighbourhood Plan referendum did not go-ahead last year due to the pandemic. 

    Mr Clegg, added: “Democracy is something you only miss when it is not there. Taking part in these elections gives you the opportunity to say who will be representing you and taking key decisions on how local services are provided across the county. 

    “You will also be asked to choose who you want as Staffordshire’s new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.”  

    The role of the PFCC is to set the priorities for the police and fire services in Staffordshire - holding the chief officers to account. 

    More information at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/elections or email  elections@staffordbc.gov.uk or call 01785 619 424.

    Press Release No 5765

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