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Tongue End needs a polling station to save an 18-mile trip to Deeping St Nicholas to vote says South Holland councillors




Calls have been made to create a polling station in a South Holland village to save residents an 18-mile round trip to vote.

People who live in Tongue End currently have to travel to Deeping St Nicholas Primary School to cast their votes on polling day.

South Holland district councillors are calling for changes to help make life easier for Tongue End voters following a review of polling stations and districts.

Calls made to make life easier for Tongue End voters
Calls made to make life easier for Tongue End voters

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At Wednesday's full council meeting Coun Jim Avery said: "Residents in Tongue End have wanted a polling station for some time.

"To make the democractic process easier it would be nice to do something for them whether it is a caravan or something else. An 18-mile trip is a long way."

The meeting was told that there had been some difficulty in finding a location, even for a temporary polling station.

Coun Nigel Pepper suggested that Pode Hole might be a better location for residents to vote.

Coun Bryan Alcock said that there had been a polling station in the village eight years ago but it was withdrawn due to the condition it was left in.

He said: "They have to use some of the worst roads in the county so you have to be very determined if you are going to vote."

Coun Alcock also suggested that the council raise awareness of the postal vote option to Tongue End residents.

Coun Robert Gibson also highlighted the disruption caused to schools and parents by the use of schools as polling stations.

Under the new arrangements, the Fleet south polling station will be transferred to Gedney Hill Post Office from Giggles Galore.

Holbeach Hurn residents will now vote in Holbeach Primary School and Holbeach Bank Pavillion. Holbeach Town voters will now cast their vote in the Reading Rooms and Holbeach Primary School.

Spalding Monkshouse voters will now go to Bromley Hall in Bourne Road while Spalding Wygate polling station will be moved to Wygate Park Academy.

There are also plans to create a polling district in Spalding Wygate with residents also voting at Wygate Park Academy.


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