Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2018

Audience: Residents

This consultation is now closed. It was open from 06 November 2018 to 11 December 2018.

Following West Suffolk Council’s Electoral Review and the subsequent changes to warding arrangements (insert hyperlink) a review of local government polling districts and places must be conducted by the (Acting) Returning Officer. This is to ensure polling stations are located correctly within the new ward areas. This review must be conducted and concluded by 31 January 2019 in time for the all-out borough, parish and town elections in May 2019.

In addition, the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 requires the council to complete a review of all Parliamentary polling districts and polling places every four years. The next review must be completed between October 2018 and January 2020.


  • A ‘polling district’ is a geographical area created by the subdivision of a Parliamentary constituency
  • ‘polling place’ is the building or area in which polling stations will be provided by the Returning Officer.
  • A ‘polling station’ is therefore the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place.

2018 Review timetable2018 Review timetable2018 review timetable

Start of review 5 November 2018
Publication of formal notice of review 5 November 2018
Publication of current arrangements and proposals for new arrangements – consultation begins 6 November 2018
Full register published under current arrangements (end of canvass) 1 December 2018
Consultation closes 11 December 2018
Final draft of new arrangements to be considered by Shadow Authority 15 January 2019
Publish public notice of intention to republish the Electoral Register 18 January 2019
Publish the conclusions of the review 1 February 2019
Full Electoral Register published under new arrangements 1 February 2019


Formal notice of review

Background information

Background information


We would like to invite all interested parties as per the Notice of Review to make representations and comments on both the existing and proposed polling districts and polling places. The consultation begins on Monday 5 November until Monday 10 December.

Any person or body that makes a comment is also invited to suggest alternative polling districts/places so that they may be given the appropriate consideration.

All comments and representations must be done in writing by email to, by letter to Electoral Services or by completing the online polling district survey form

If you have any questions or need an explanation relating to any part of this review please email or call us on 01284 757105

2019 Proposed scheme

Current and proposed polling stations

West Suffolk Council wards


Bury St Edmunds




Rural wards