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Issues relating to changes to polling stations approved by council

INCREASING travel for voters and parking were raised as issues as a consultation on changes to polling stations in Ceredigion was approved.

Cabinet approved the launching of a consultation on polling districts on October 15 with residents having until December 4 to have their say.

Changes are proposed for polling station locations in Cwm Ystwyth, Aberystwyth, Cross Inn and Talsarn.

The proposed changes include removing the polling station at  Chapel Vestry, Cwmystwyth and Capel Tynygwndwn Chapel, Talsarn, changing the location of the central Aberystwyth polling station and at Llansantffraid.

Suggestions are called for on an alternative location for voting in Beulah instead of the now closed school and Caffi Sali Mali, Pentre Bach, Blaenpennal, which is considered unsatisfactory.

Eifion Evans, Ceredigion County Council’s Chief Executive and the county’s Returning Officer, said: “This review is an important exercise that will help inform us of the public’s preferences for future polling stations locations around the County. We want the voting experience to be as convenient and accessible as possible for every voter.”

Cllr Ceredig Davies said that more and more people drove to vote and parking was not always adequate, while Cllr Lynford Thomas highlighted the changes at Talsarn moved the polling station further away from voters.

Access the consultation via ceredigion.gov.uk/pollingstationreview, hard copies are available at council offices.

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