Basildon Council proposes new electoral district for Dry Street development and new Laindon polling station

A NEW polling district is set to be created in Basildon, for residents of a large new housing development.

Basildon Council’s Policy and Resources Committee will decide tonight whether to create the new polling district for residents of the controversial Dry Street housing development.

A 700-plus property development is currently under construction on land off of Nethermayne and Dry Street, on top of what was previously a designated Local Wildlife Site the size of 12 football pitches.

Councillors recently granted permission for even more homes on nearby land formerly owned by Anglian Water.

A report written for tonight’s committee meeting states: “Electors living in this new development currently have to travel a substantial distance to cast their vote.

“It is recommended that a new polling district is created, giving the electors living in the new development and hospital accommodation a new polling place to vote.”

The proposed new district would be called ‘Westley Green’.

The district would not be created until after December’s general election, meaning the residents will still have to visit the Lee Chapel South Community Centre in The Knares to cast their votes.

After that, a portacabin will be set up for future elections ‘until the community centre and/or school are built in this area’.

Councillors will also debate tonight whether to relocate the polling station for Laindon Park.

The current polling station is the Busy Bee’s Playgroup in Elizabeth Court, but the report said those premises ‘will no longer be available’.

Council officers have recommended relocating the polling station to the Elizabeth Court AP Scheme.

This change would also not come into effect until after the December general election.

The committee will meet at the Bas Centre tonight at 7pm.

Charles Thomson

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