Polling district, polling places and polling stations review 2023

Under the Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006 and the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, all local authorities are required to review their polling districts, polling places, and polling stations every fifth year. The review period starts in October, and each authority may choose the exact dates and length of their review; however it must fall within a 16 month period. The next compulsory review period is from October 2023 to January 2025.

The review requires the council to:

  • Seek to ensure that all the electors in the constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.
  • Seek to ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable, the polling places they are responsible for are accessible to all electors, and when considering the designation of a polling place, must have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons.

How to take part in the review

We encourage you to submit your comments on the review if you have any concerns/comments on a polling place and encourage you to also suggest an alterative location so that this can be considered.  Please detail the area/polling station that you are submitting your comments on. 

If you are submitting a response as a councillor or on behalf of a political party or local community group or organisation, please include these details.  Please note that all personal details will be removed when comments are published at the end of the consultation period.

Please submit your representations in writing from 1st November 2023 until 1st December 2023 via any of the methods below:

  • Email to Elections@reading.gov.uk
  • Letter addressed to Electoral Services Manager, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU
  • Using the online response form
  • Completing the consultation feedback form, which is available at the Civic Offices or any of Reading Borough Council’s libraries and will also be shared with the Disabilities and Access Group.  Please hand this form in at reception or use one of the electoral services pre-paid envelopes provided.

All comments received will be updated in Appendix A and published on the website and Civic Offices.

Additional Information

For further information on the Boundary Commission review and forthcoming changes, please visit Boundary Commission for England website.

Hard copies of the documents are available to view at the Reception at Reading Borough Council Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU during office hours.  Alternatively, please visit one of the below libraries:

  • Reading Central Library
  • Caversham Library
  • Tilehurst Library
  • Battle Library
  • Palmer Park Library
  • Southcote Library
  • Whitley Library

Consultation documents


1st November 2023Formal notice of review
1st November 2023Publication of (Acting) Returning Officer’s comments
1st November 2023Commencement of public consultation period
1st December 2023End of public consultation period
31st December 2023Final proposals considered by
16th January 2024Report to Committees Briefing 16th January 2024.
19th February 2024Report to Policy Committee on 19th February 2024
19th March 2024Report to Full Council
March 2024Publish revised register of electors (if applicable)

Explanation of terms

Parliamentary constituency

The area designated by the Boundary Commission which is represented by a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons. This cannot be changed by this review.

Polling districts

A polling district is the area created by the separation of a ward into smaller parts, within which a polling place can be determined that is most suitable for the electors. Each parish must be its own polling district unless there are special circumstances; for example if the parish/community has only a small number of electors and it is not practicable for the parish/community to be its own polling district. Town/parish boundaries cannot be altered as part of this review.

Polling places

A polling place is the building or area in which the polling stations will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer. It can be a complete polling district, but the polling place should be an area small enough to easily recognise where the polling station is. If a polling district contains no suitable polling places, a polling station in an adjoining polling district becomes the polling place.

Polling stations

A polling station is the actual room where you cast your vote – usually a room in a building such as a village hall or school. Sometimes there are two polling stations in a polling place due to a particularly large number of electors in the polling district, or no suitable polling places in an adjoining polling district.

Selecting polling stations

The principal factor for selecting polling stations is the suitability within a district for the majority of the electorate, and its accessibility. The decision for this is made by the (Acting) Returning Officer.

Last updated on 21/12/2023