The comments and representations we received
The South Lakeland area covers all of the constituency of Westmorland & Lonsdale and part of the constituency of Barrow & Furness. We were required to invite the (Acting) Returning Officer ((A)RO) from each constituency to make comments, proposals and final recommendations.
We contacted individuals such as Members of Parliament (MPs), agents from local political parties and the people who manage the buildings we use for polling stations. We also invited feedback from individuals or groups with experience or expertise in access issues to polling places or polling stations, particularly for people with disabilities.
The consultation period started on 16 September and ended on 1 November 2019.
Who we invited to make a representation
We invited the following individuals and organisations to make a comment or representation:
- the (A)RO for Westmorland & Lonsdale, Simon McVey
- the (A)RO for Barrow & Furness, Jon Huck
- the MP for Westmorland & Lonsdale, Tim Farron
- the MP for Barrow & Furness, who at the time was John Woodcock
- the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cumbria, Peter McCall
- Cumbria County Council Councillors
- South Lakeland District Council Members
- Parish Clerks
- local agents for the Conservative Party
- local agents for the Green Party
- local agents for the Labour Party
- the local agent for the Liberal Democrat Party
- staff who manage the buildings we use for polling stations
- Lake District National Park Authority
- Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
- Age UK South Lakeland
- South Lakes Carers
- South Lakes Citizens Advice Bureau
- Oaklea Trust
- One Voice (Kendal and South Lakes Centre for Independent Living)
- Sight Advice South Lakes
- South Lakes Autism and Asperger's Group
- Action with Communities in Cumbria (Rural Panel)
- Cumbria Deaf Association (South Lakes)
- Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club
- Disability Association Carlisle and Eden (also cover South Lakeland)
- Multiple Sclerosis Society (Westmorland South Lakes group)
We made some suggestions as to the kind of things people could consider when making their comment or representation. These included:
- are there suitable transport links to your polling station? Are there roads (for traffic and/or pedestrians) to your polling station? Is there public transport?
- are there any obstacles to your polling station, like a steep hill?
- is the building accessible? If not, are there aids such as ramps available?
- are there parking facilities, including any set aside for disabled voters?
- is the entrance door wide enough for an electric wheelchair?
- does your polling station have any steps, hazards or obstructions?
- is the polling station readily available in the event of an unscheduled election?
- is the building large enough to accommodate more than one polling station, if necessary?
- are there comfort facilities for staff, like heating, toilets and a kitchen?
- is there enough room for staff to put up signs?
- is there any possibility that the building will be demolished, or become permanently unavailable?
- is there enough room in the polling station to comfortably hold staff, voters, polling agents and observers?
The letters and emails we sent to invite comments or representations
- email sent to MPs, PCC, (A)RO for Barrow & Furness, Cumbria County Councillors, South Lakeland District Council members, local political party agents (PDF 156KB / 2 pages)
- email sent to the people who manage the buildings we use for polling stations (PDF 106KB / 1 page)
- email sent to parish clerks (PDF 127KB / 1 page)
- email sent to organisations with experience/expertise in equality or disability and/or access to polling places and polling stations (PDF 158KB / 2 pages)
- letter sent to the Lake District National Park Authority (PDF 124KB / 2 pages)
- letter sent to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (PDF 134KB / 2 pages)
- letters sent to the South Lakes Citizens Advice Bureau (PDF 115KB / 2 pages)
- letter sent to households potentially affected by the proposed change to the designated polling station for the Lakes Grasmere polling district (PDF 239KB / 1 page)
We also posted advertisements on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
The comments and representations we received
We asked people to use an online consultation hub called Citizen Space to make their comments. We also accepted comments sent to us by email or in a letter.
All comments and representations were taken into account by the (A)ROs when they made their final recommendations.
Comments regarding polling stations:
- Burton Memorial Hall (PDF 85KB / 1 page)
- Cartmel Village Hall (PDF 85KB / 1 page)
- Field Broughton Parish Room (PDF 91KB / 1 page)
- Flookburgh Village Hall (PDF 85KB / 1 page)
- Grasmere Sports Pavilion and Grasmere Village Hall (PDF 120KB / 4 page)
- Grayrigg Coronation Hall (PDF 86KB / 1 page)
- Greenodd and Pennybridge Village Hall (PDF 86KB / 1 page)
- Lake District National Park Authority, Murley Moss (PDF 94KB / 1 page)
- Mansergh Community Hall (PDF 99KB / 1 page)
- Skelsmergh Community Hall (PDF 84KB / 1 page)
- Stricklandgate House (PDF 82KB / 1 page)
- The Athenaeum, Leasgill (PDF 94KB / 1 page)
- The Methodist Church Room, Kendal (PDF 92KB / 1 page)
- The Old School, Longsleddale (PDF 84KB / 1 page)
- The Sedgwick Room, Dent (PDF 91KB / 1 page)
Comments regarding polling districts:
- Kendal Castle and Kendal Nether (PDF 86KB / 1 page)
- Kirkby Ireleth (PDF 88KB / 1 page)
- Selside (PDF 88KB / 1 page)
Where to view paper copies of this information
Paper copies of all the letters and emails we sent, along with any comments and representations received, are available to view at the following locations:
- South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, LA9 4DQ (Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5pm)
- Our customer service desk at Ulverston Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ (Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5pm)
- Our customer service desk at Windermere Library, Ellerthwaite, Windermere, LA23 2AJ (Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 12.15pm)