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Unusual venues to be Grantham polling stations for local elections next month

Unusual venues have been called into action as polling stations for the local elections on May 6.

In Grantham, the Royal Queen pub in Belton Lane, Wyndham Park Visitor Centre and Grantham Scout Hall in Broad Street will host polling booths.

Voters can cast their votes for their preferred candidate for Lincolnshire County Council seats and for the role of police and crime commissioner. Some will choose councillors in district and parish council by-elections, while there are also separate referendums on neighbourhood plans for Old Somerby and Ropsley and District.

Wyndham Park family fun day, Grantham. (17528678)
Wyndham Park family fun day, Grantham. (17528678)

South Kesteven District Council is responsible for holding elections in the district. It said the changes have been made to ensure venues are Covid-secure for voters and staff, which includes moving voting away from schools where possible, to make sure everyone is confident with the process for a successful and safe election.

SKDC chief executive Karen Bradford said: “The polling stations brought into use for 6 May will be Covid-secure for everyone who wishes to vote there. They are selected according to a strict set of rules and should be accessible, identifiable and provide privacy for voters.

“Local residents should expect many of the measures in use at shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings. People will also be asked to bring their own pencil to mark their choices.

“However, there are other options for people who would rather cast their vote without visiting their designated venue. People can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy, which is appointing someone else to vote at the polling station for them. Details can be found at the SKDC website at southkesteven.gov.uk/elections2021”

The deadline to applying for a postal vote or to change/cancel an existing postal or proxy appointment is 5pm on Tuesday, April 20. The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday, April 27.

If not already registered, people can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote with the deadline set as Monday, April 19.

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