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New COVID-secure polling stations announced for May elections

by Jonathan Kearney

A number of alternative venues across Knowsley will be used for polling stations this year to ensure they are COVID-secure.

The decision not to use schools for polling stations has been made to ensure that there is no further disruption to children’s education as schools are now back on track and pupils are catching up on essential missed face to face learning due to the pandemic.

Local, Police and Crime Commissioner and Combined Authority Mayoral elections will take place on Thursday 6 May this year.

Residents are being encouraged to register for a postal vote. You can find out more about applying for a postal vote here.

In addition, preparations are being made to ensure people who want to vote in person at their local polling station can do so safely and securely.

These include:

  • Social distancing measures implemented inside and outside polling stations
  • Installation of protective screens
  • Regular cleaning

Voters will be asked to wear a face covering and bring their own pen or pencil to vote. Hand sanitiser will also be made available.

Over the past few weeks, risk assessments of all sites used as polling stations have been undertaken to ensure COVID-secure measures can be implemented.

In order to comply with COVID-secure guidance and to avoid any further disruption pupil’s education, it has been agreed that no schools in the borough will be used as polling stations for the forthcoming elections.

The changes to polling stations can be found below:-

Usual Polling Station Alternate Polling Station
St Peter and Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Moorfield, Tower Hill, Kirkby St Andrew’s Church, St Andrew’s View, Kirkby
St Marie’s Catholic Primary School, Bigdale Drive, Kirkby St Mary’s Catholic Club, Kennelwood Avenue, Kirkby
Park Brow Primary School, Broad Lane, Kirkby 18 Park Brow Drive, Kirkby (a currently vacant shop unit).
Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Kirkby Kirkby Baptist Church, Bewley Drive, Kirkby
St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School, Leeside Avenue, Kirkby Kirkby Baptist Church, Bewley Drive, Kirkby
Knowsley Lane Primary School, Knowsley Lane Entrance, Huyton The Apostolic Church of Liverpool, Liverpool Road, Huyton
Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Technology, 599 Princess Drive, Huyton The Gate Community Centre, 600 Princess Drive, Huyton
Park View Academy, Park View, Huyton The Pavilion at Jubilee Park in Huyton
St Aloysius School, Twig Lane, Huyton St Aloysius Club, Crosswood Crescent, Huyton
St Margaret Mary’s School, Pilch Lane, Huyton St Margaret Mary’s Club, Pilch Lane, Huyton
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Marina Crescent, Huyton Huyton Resource Centre, Tarbock Road, Huyton
Huyton with Roby Church of England Primary School, Rupert Road, Huyton Huyton with Roby Constitutional Club, 43 Stanley Road, Huyton
Lord Derby Academy, Seel Road, Huyton Huyton United Reformed Church, Victoria Road, Huyton
Prescot Primary School, Maryville Road, Prescot Prescot Soccer Centre, 107 Warrington Road
Halsnead Primary School, Dragon Lane/Pennywood Drive, Whiston Vacant Flower Shop Unit, Windy Arbour Road, Whiston

 

In addition, two venues traditionally used as polling stations; South Avenue Community Centre, Prescot and the Environment Centre, Halewood Park, will not be used this year due to their size and current usage.

              Usual Polling Station Alternate Polling Station
South Avenue Community Centre, Prescot Prescot Manor Bowling Club, South Avenue, Prescot
Environment Centre, Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood St Nicholas Centre, Church Road, Halewood

You can find more information about the different ways to vote at the forthcoming election here.

For more information contact Knowsley’s Electoral Registration team on 0151 443 2222. You can also email elections@knowsley.gov.uk for assistance.