Vot­ers urged to check polling sta­tion lo­ca­tions

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - STU­ART GREER

VOT­ERS are be­ing urged to check the lo­ca­tion of their lo­cal polling sta­tion so they don’t miss the chance to have their say in the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Cheshire East Coun­cil’s elec­tions team has se­cured all but nine of its usual 282 polling sta­tion lo­ca­tions where votes can be cast on June 8.

Th­ese in­clude two in Mac­cles­field, but re­place­ments have been found for all.

For polling dis­tricts 4JG1 and 4JG2 the new polling sta­tion will be St Ge­orge’s Church on Foun­tain Close in­stead of Lower Park School.

For dis­tricts 4BC1 and 4BE1 the new polling sta­tion is St. John’s Church on Wil­wick Lane in­stead of We­ston Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

All vot­ers are urged to check on their polling cards, which iden­tify which polling sta­tion they should visit.

Kath O’Dwyer, act­ing re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, said: “To se­cure all but nine of our 282 polling sta­tion lo­ca­tions is quite an amaz­ing achieve­ment at such short no­tice.

“In­deed, we’ve al­ready re­ceived a num­ber of mes­sages from coun­cil­lors and lo­cal peo­ple con­grat­u­lat­ing us for be­ing so swift and ef­fec­tive at se­cur­ing venues for elec­tion day.

“It is worth bear­ing in mind that there are al­ways a small num­ber un­avail­able due to re­fur­bish­ment, re­pair works or ‘event clashes’ at the venues we use, which in the past have in­cluded schools, church halls, com­mu­nity cen­tres and even lo­cal pubs. I would just ask that vot­ers check the lo­ca­tion of their lo­cal polling sta- tion be­fore elec­tion day.”

On polling day, Thurs­day June 8, polling sta­tions will be open be­tween 7am and 10pm. In­for­ma­tion about vot­ing at this elec­tion is avail­able at: www. your­votem­at­ters. co.uk

Vot­ers will get three chances to grill can­di­dates bat­tling it out for Mac­cles­field seat.

The first is ar­ranged by Churches To­gether at Poyn­ton Bap­tist Church in Poyn­ton on Wed­nes­day, May 24 from 7.30-9pm. The sec­ond is or­gan­ised by Hope in North East Cheshire, af­fil­i­ated to Churches To­gether, at the United Re­formed Church on Park Green, Mac­cles­field, on Thurs­day, May 25, from 7pm-9pm. The third is at Bolling­ton Civic Hall on Thurs June 1 from 7.30pm.

Can­di­dates in­clude: David Rut­ley (Con­ser­va­tive), Neil Puttick (Labour), Richard Flow­ers (Lib Dem), James Booth (Greens) and Mark John­son (in­de­pen­dent).

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