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Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

South Ayrshire Council is undertaking a review of Polling Districts and Polling Places in the South Ayrshire area. All Councils must complete this review between 1 October 2013 and 31 January 2015 and subsequent reviews must be started and completed within the period of 16 months that starts on 1 October of every fifth year after 1 October 2013.

South Ayrshire Council agreed to start its review on 1 October 2013. The Returning Officer is obliged to publish her response to the Council and this is detailed below. The timescale for the review is:

Publish Notice of Review 1 October 2013
Public Consultation closes 15 January 2014
Consideration by South Ayrshire Council 13 February 2014
Publication of Electoral Register 10 March 2014
Revised polling arrangements come into force
(Polling Day – European Parliamentary Election)
22 May 2014

South Ayrshire Council has agreed that no schools will be closed to be used as polling places. This means that the Returning Officer is recommending changes in those areas where electors voted in a school. You can find out more about polling districts, polling places and these changes in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Proposals

You can also look up your address and see how these proposals will affect you.

In considering the suitability of potential premises to be used for polling purposes the guidance issued by The Electoral Commission has been used. The evaluation checklist for each proposed polling place has been published. Polling places must be accessible for voters with disabilities and should have either level access, a permanent ramped access or be capable of having a temporary ramp installed. They require to have adequate internal and external lighting. They should have sufficient space to display guidance notices and for a wheelchair to be able to turn around. All polling stations already have both high level and low level polling booths. It is preferable if there is space for designated vehicle parking for disabled people. The premises also require to have kitchen and toilet facilities for the staff on duty on polling day. The premises need to be available, usually exclusively, on polling day.

Proposals by Ward

Ward 1 - Troon

Reference Current Polling Place Proposed Polling Place Polling Evaluation
S101 Barassie PS Boys' Brigade Hall, Barassie Street S101 Barassie
S102 Struthers PS Troon Old Parish Church Hall S102 Troon North and Loans (Part)
S103 Troon PS Walker Hall S103 Troon South West
S104 Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church Hall No change proposed S104 Troon Central
S105 Muirhead Activity Centre No change proposed S105 Troon South East

Ward 2 - Prestwick

Reference Current Polling Place Proposed Polling Place Polling Evaluation
S201 Prestwick Community Centre No change proposed S201 Prestwick North
S202 St Ninian's PS Prestwick Community Centre S202 Prestwick St Cuthbert's
S203 Kingcase PS Kingcase Parish Church Hall S203 Prestwick South

Ward 3 - Ayr North

Reference Current Polling Place Proposed Polling Place Polling Evaluation
S301 Heathfield PS Fusilier House, Seafield Road S301 Prestwick Toll
S302 Heathfield Community Centre No change proposed S302 Ayr Newton Park
S303 Whitletts Activity Centre No change proposed S303 Ayr Whitletts
S304 Lochside Community Education Centre No change proposed S304 Ayr Newton South and Braehead
S305 Access to Employment Newton/Wallacetown Church Hall S305 Ayr Wallacetown
S306 Forester's Hall Newton/Wallacetown Church Hall S306 Ayr Harbour
S307 Dalmilling PS John Pollock Centre S307 Ayr Dalmilling
S308 Portakabin, Campbell Court John Pollock Centre S308 Ayr Craigie
S309 Heathfield PS Heathfield Community Centre S309 Ayr Newton North

Ward 4 - Ayr East

Reference Current Polling Place Proposed Polling Place Polling Evaluation
S401 Holmston PS Forehill Library S401 Ayr Holmston and Forehill West
S402 Yeomanry House No change proposed S402 Ayr Old Belmont
S403 Forehill PS Kyle Academy S403 Ayr Masonhill and Forehill East
S404 St Paul's RC Church Hall No change proposed S404 Ayr Belmont North
S405 Kincaidston Community Pavilion No change proposed S405 Ayr Belmont South
S406 St Paul's RC Church Hall No change proposed S406 Ayr Castlehill

Ward 5 - Ayr West

Reference Current Polling Place Proposed Polling Place Polling Evaluation
S501 Wallacetown Nursery Salvation Army Hall, John Street S501 Ayr Central North and Racecourse (Part)
S502 Auld Kirk Halls No change proposed S502 Ayr Central South
S503 Grammar PS Citadel Leisure Centre S503 Ayr Fort
S504 Doonfoot PS IFE Wing No change proposed S504 Ayr Doonfoot
S505 Alloway PS Alloway Library S505 Ayr Alloway
S506 Alloway PS Alloway Library S506 Ayr Rozelle East
S507 Grammar PS St Andrew's Parish Church Hall S507 Ayr Seafield
S508 Alloway PS Alloway Village Hall S508 Ayr Rozelle West

Ward 6 - Kyle

Reference Current Polling Place Proposed Polling Place Polling Evaluation
S601 Montgomerie Hall No change proposed S601 Dundonald
S602 Loans Village Hall No change proposed S602 Loans (Part)
S603 Symington PS Symington Community Centre S603 Symington
S604 Craigie Village Hall No change proposed S604 Craigie
S605 Monkton PS Carvick Webster Hall S605 Monkton
S606 Monkton PS Carvick Webster Hall S606 Monkton East
S607 Tarbolton Community Education Centre No change proposed S607 Tarbolton
S608 Mossblown Activity Centre No change proposed S608 Mossblown West
S609 Mossblown Activity Centre No change proposed S609 Mossblown (Part)

Ward 7 - Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton

Reference Current Polling Place Proposed Polling Place Polling Evaluation
S701 Annbank Village Hall No change proposed S701 Mossblown (Part)
S702 Annbank Village Hall No change proposed S702 Annbank
S703 Coylton PS Coylton Activity Centre S703 Coylton
S704 Coylton PS Coylton Activity Centre S704 Ailsa District
S705 Minishant PS IFE Wing No change proposed S705 Minishant
S706 Kennedy Hall No change proposed S706 Dunure
S707 Gardenrose PS Carrick Centre S707 Maybole Pennyglen
S708 Maidens PS Maidens Bowling Club S708 Maidens
S709 Richmond Hall No change proposed S709 Kirkoswald
S710 St Cuthbert's PS Maybole Town Hall S710 Maybole East (Part)
S711 St Cuthbert's PS Maybole Town Hall S711 Maybole East (Part)
S712 Crosshill Community Education Centre No change proposed S712 Crosshill
S713 McCosh Hall No change proposed S713 Kirkmichael
S714 McCandlish Hall No change proposed S714 Straiton
S715 Minishant PS IFE Wing No change proposed S715 Minishant Newark
S716 Gardenrose PS Carrick Centre S716 Maybole West
S717 Gardenrose PS Carrick Centre S717 Maybole South

Ward 8 - Girvan and South Carrick

Reference Current Polling Place Proposed Polling Place Polling Evaluation
S801 Dailly Community Education Centre No change proposed S801 Dailly
S802 Girvan PS Girvan North Parish Church Hall S802 Girvan Landward
S803 Girvan PS Girvan North Parish Church Hall S803 Girvan Ailsa
S804 Girvan PS Girvan South Parish Church Hall S804 Girvan Glendoune
S805 Lendalfoot Hall No change proposed S805 Lendalfoot
S806 Barr Community Education Centre No change proposed S806 Barr
S807 Barrhill Community Education Centre No change proposed S807 Barrhill
S808 Colmonell Community Education Centre No change proposed S808 Colmonell
S809 Ballantrae Community Education Centre No change proposed S809 Ballantrae
S810 Colmonell Community Education Centre No change proposed S810 Pinwherry
S811 Girvan PS Girvan South Parish Church Hall S811 Pinmore
S812 Girvan PS Sacred Heart RC Church Hall S812 Girvan Central
S813 Girvan PS Girvan South Parish Church Hall S813 Girvan Stair Park

Next scheduled poll

The next scheduled polls will take place on:

  • Thursday 22 May 2014 - European Parliamentary Election
  • Thursday 18 September 2014 - Scottish Independence Referendum
  • Thursday 7 May 2015 - UK Parliamentary (General) Election
  • Thursday 5 May 2016 - Scottish Parliament Election

Note: By-elections may occur at any time and the poll usually takes place within 3 months of the date of the vacancy occurring.

Appeals against the decision of South Ayrshire Council

An appeal can only be made on the grounds that the local authority’s review did not:

  • meet the reasonable requirements of electors in the constituency
  • take sufficient account of disabled access to polling stations

Right to appeal

Following a local authority’s review, certain persons have a right to appeal:

  • 30 or more electors in the constituency
  • a person who made representations under Schedule A1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983. This includes an elector in a constituency in the local authority’s area who previously made representations to the local authority
  • a person who is not an elector in a constituency in the authority’s area but who The Electoral Commission thinks has either sufficient interest in disabled access to polling places in the area or particular expertise in disabled access to premises and facilities
Appeals should be made directly to The Electoral Commission

If you are one of the persons mentioned above and would like to make an appeal which falls within one or both the grounds mentioned above, you can send your appeal to:

Legal Counsel
The Electoral Commission
3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ
Tel: 020 7271 0500
Email: appeals@electoralcommission.org.uk

On the outcome of an appeal, The Electoral Commission may:

  • direct the local authority to make any alterations to the polling places designated by the review
  • make alterations themselves, if the authority fails to make the alterations within two months of the direction being given

Read more information on making an appeal in paragraph 7 of The Electoral Commission’s guidance.

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