Full list of changes to polling stations in North Kirklees for May polls
Voters on election day who forget to wear a mask – or to take their own pencil – can take comfort from the knowledge that staff at polling stations will be able to help out.
Kirklees Council has confirmed that masks will be available at the 190-plus polling stations it operates across the borough.
And whilst electors are encouraged to turn up with their own method of filling in ballot papers, pens and pencils will also be available for those that forget.
Local elections on May 6 – which is also the same day as the West Yorkshire Metro Mayor election – will be markedly different this year as local authorities like Kirklees observe stringent Covid-19 guidelines and introduce revised procedures.
The council has done thorough risk assessments on all its polling stations to ensure that voters are able to cast votes in a socially-distanced and safe way.
That means limiting the number of voters in some polling stations, operating one-way systems, offering sanitiser, undertaking regular cleaning and installing desk-top perspex screens.
Voters will be encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil to vote and, unless the voter has a medical exemption, face coverings must be worn inside polling stations in line with national law.
Across the borough the locations of 26 of the council’s 194 polling stations have changed this year. Where that has happened voters have been written to. The locations of new polling stations are also featured on their polling cards.
The council says signage will go up on the usual polling stations not being used with instructions on where people need to go.
The council also plans to use 35 schools from across the district on polling day. They range from primaries to academies.
Here are the changes to polling station locations across North Kirklees for next month's elections:
Old: Howden Clough TRA, 7 Dudley Avenue, Birstall, Batley.
New: Howden Clough Community Centre, Leeds Road, Birstall, Batley, WF17 0HY.
Old: Temporary Polling Station on land across from 12-22 Wyvern Close, Batley No.1, WF17 0HB.
New: Park Road J I & N School, Park Road, Batley, WF17 5LP.
Old: Heckmondwike Library, Walkley Lane, Heckmondwike, WF16 0LY.
New: Heckmondwike Market Hall, Blanket Hall Street, Heckmondwike, WF16 0EY.
Old: Temporary Polling Station land adjacent to 27 Norristhorpe Lane, Norristhorpe, WF15 7AA.
New: Norristhorpe United Reformed Church, Norristhorpe Lane, Norristhorpe, WF15 7AR.
Old: Temporary Polling Station on land in front of 1-11 Listing Court, Liversedge, WF15 6EX.
New: Spring Valley Community Centre, Spring Valley Close, Littletown, Liversedge, WF15 6QH.
Old: BBG Academy - The LRC Room, Bradford Road, Birkenshaw, BD19 4BE.
New: West Yorkshire Fire Service HQ, off Whitehall Road West, Bradford Road, BD11 2LS.
Old: Temporary Polling Station, car park of Cross Keys Inn, Halifax Road, WF15 6NE.
New: The Conservatory, Cross Keys Inn, Halifax Road, WF15 6NE.
Old: St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Upton Street, Batley, WF17 8PH.
New: St Mary’s Social & Parochial Hall, Melton Street, Batley, WF17 8PT.