Section 17 of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 introduced a duty on local authorities to complete reviews of polling districts and polling places between 1 October 2013 and 31 January 2015.
To do this, Middlesbrough asked for the views of its own elected members, interested parties and residents between 14 October and 15 November 2014.
During the review period we received 5 comments from elected representatives, and 4 from members of the public and community groups. The comments received were considered by the Returning Officer and Electoral Services, and informed our recommendations to the council's Corporate Affairs Committee on 4 December 2014.
As a result of comments received, the polling stations at Hemlington Hall Academy and Ormesby Methodist Church, and the temporary station at the junction of Merlin Road and Cargo Fleet Lane, have been reinstated.
We received 2 comments suggesting alternatives to the existing station at Elder Court. Having considered these carefully the station has been moved to the International Centre on Abingdon Road.
We also received a suggestion for an alternative polling station in the North Ormesby ward. This was considered but as it is located very close to the existing station, the suggestion was rejected on grounds of voter familiarity.
The revised polling districts and polling places came into effect at the local elections in May 2015.