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Date published: 5th March 2021

With the Norfolk County Council and Police & Crime Commissioner elections due to take place across the district on 6 May, Council teams are preparing to deliver a more complex election than they’ve had to deliver before.

The Elections Team have been busy visiting polling stations making sure they’re locations to accommodate voting in a safe, COVID secure way. Each polling station will be individually risk assessed and industrial sanitisation, called ‘fogging’ will take place, making sure the station is sanitised and surfaces are COVID safe for a period up to 28 days, in the days before the poll.

Mock-up stations will be trialled, to ensure the lay out of the polling station will support social distancing and screens will be set up to separate the electors and electoral staff. The number of voters allowed in the station at any time will be limited, with queue management outside.

Upon entry, voters will be expected to use provided hand sanitiser and to wear a face covering, unless medically exempt from doing so (in this instance, it is advised you vote via postal vote). Polling staff will be conducting regular safe cleaning of high touch points and the Council will be deploying extra staff to busier stations in order to help advise and maintain social distancing whilst in the Polling Station. Voters are encouraged when visiting polling stations to bring their own pen or pencil.

We have had to make some changes in respect of the Polling Stations used at this election for a variety of reasons. Every elector who has been affected by their usual polling station not being available has been written to advising them of the change and given a Postal Vote application form and freepost reply envelope, should this change inconvenience them.

The Polling Stations which have changed so far are shown below with the new location for 6 May:

• Beckham East and West – The Wheatsheaf Public House, Church Road, NR25 6NX
• Matlaske – St Peters Church, The Street, Matlaske, NR11 7AQ
• Hoveton – Broadland Youth and Community Centre, NR12 8DL
• Mundesley – Mundesley Air Scout HQ, 39 Gimingham Road, NR11 8DG
• North Walsham East – Salvation Army Hall, 1 Hall Lane, NR28 9DT
• North Walsham North – St Benets Hall, Vicarage Street, NR28 9BQ
• Sustead (Bessingham & Metton) – Gresham Village Hall, Cromer Road, NR11 8RF

We do still have two Polling stations to secure for 6 May for North Walsham Town Centre West and for Tattersett. Electors will be advised once suitable alternatives have been secured.

Postal Voting remains the safest way to vote in the election and helps reduce the number of electors visiting polling stations.

If you wish to apply please contact us with your name and address by email at postalvotes@north-norfolk.gov.uk or visit our website at www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/elections

Our first postal voting packs will be sent out to electors on 20 April so if you wish to have yours sent on this date please ensure we have received your application before 23 March.

Any applications received between 23 March and the postal vote deadline on 20 April will be sent on 26 April.

Last updated: 10th March 2021