COVID-19 means that some polling stations across Warrington will have changed from previous years when voters go to the polls on May 6.
Elections are being held for the borough council, town and parish councils and for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cheshire election.
Poll cards are currently being sent to the households of registered voters which will explain when to vote and at which polling station.
It is not necesary to take the card to the polling station but the address of the polling station is on the card.
Changed locations will be on polling cards, but the changes are:
· Parkers Farm, Delenty Drive, has been changed to Birchwood Youth and Community Centre, Delenty Drive
· The Poplars Pub, Cotswold Road, has been changed to a Mobile Unit on Ulverston Avenue
· Cinnamon Brow Primary School, Perth Close has been changed to Cinnamon Brow Community Centre, Perth Close
· Bridgewater High (upper) School, Broomfields Road has been changed to St Mary Magdalene’s Church Hall, Dingleway
· Dallam Primary School, Boulting Avenue changed to Little Stars Children’s Centre, Boulting Avenue (next door to the school)
· David Lloyd Tennis Centre has been changed to the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre, Peace Drive
· Wynsors World of Shoes, Warrington Road has been changed to Penketh High School, Heath Road
· Stockton Heath Scout Centre, Parkgate Road has been changed to St Thomas Church Hall, Ellesmere Road (next to the swing bridge) – please note, this polling station is the church hall, not the actual church situated on London Road.
Polling stations can also be located online at wheredoivote.co.uk
The council is working to make sure that polling stations in Warrington are COVID-secure, to minimise any chance of the virus spreading. However, some people might prefer not to visit polling stations to vote in person this year. They can apply for a postal or proxy vote which would mean that they don’t have to visit a polling station at all.
To find out more about the different ways of voting, warrington.gov.uk/elections2021.
Deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday April 20 and for a proxy vote 5pm on Tuesday April 27.
Chief Executive at Warrington Borough Council, Professor Steven Broomhead, who is Returning Officer for the elections, said: “Work continues on these logistically complex elections, to make sure that anyone registered to vote in Warrington can do so safely, and in the way they decide – whether that be in person, by post or by proxy.
“Make sure to double check where your polling station is this year as there are a few address changes. Our polling stations will be COVID secure, with social distancing, protective screens and sanitiser in place, so I would like to reassure residents that if you are going to vote in person this year, every step has been taken to ensure your safety.
“However, if you would prefer to vote by post or by proxy this year, make sure to apply before the deadlines later this month.”
For more information about the elections this year, visit warrington.gov.uk/elections2021