Polls apart for May 7

A trip to your local football club, service station or village pub may sound like a leisurely Saturday afternoon.

But on Thursday May 7, Gazette readers will be able to vote in the general, borough and parish council elections from these convenient, if unusual, locations.

More than 200 polling stations will be open across Stafford borough, with 320 ballot boxes, and approximately 99,000 residents eligible to vote.

Several churches, village halls and primary schools will become polling stations, with a handful of clubs and pubs also hosting booths to ensure residents have a choice of easy-access polling stations in their local community.

In Stone, the Little Stoke Cricket Club’s clubhouse will host a booth and Stone Tennis and Squash club will be available for voters.

People will also be able to cast their votes in polling stations at Croxton Service Station in Eccleshall and the George and Dragon pub in Meaford.

The stunning St Mary’s Church at Ingestre – widely reputed to be Sir Christopher Wren’s only church outside London – will also be used as a station.

Acting Returning Officer, Ian Thompson, who is also the Borough Council’s Chief Executive, said:

“We’re very grateful for the assistance of local businesses and community groups who have kindly offered the use of their premises as polling stations. Their help means voters across the borough won’t have far to travel to make their voice heard on May 7.”

The polls will open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 7 May. For more information on the elections please visit: www.staffordbc.gov.uk/elections.