Voters vent anger on eve of by-election

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A FINAL reminder, urging Winthorpe’s electorate to vote in tomorrow’s Skegness Town Council by-election, has been made by candidates and local political party branches.

With one of Winthorpe’s regular polling station locations at Seathorne Primary School having been deemed unsuitable for use, all voters hoping to cast their ballot papers must attend Skegness Town Hall.

Many of those involved in the by-election have expressed their dissatisfaction with East Lindsey District Council’s returning officer for failing to find a nearer alternative, forcing voters to travel more than two miles from their usual polling station.

Labour Party branch chairman Brenda Futers said: “I’m absolutely furious about it, lots of people still think it’s taking place at the school, and others are being made to spend £3.60 on bus fare just to vote.”

ELDC’s chief executive Nigel Howells explained to Mrs Futers that after consulting with Winthorpe’s district council ward members, no suitable alternatives were identified.

Those ward members, Coun Carl Macey and Coun Steve O’Dare, claim they did make suggestions but presume those must have been deemed unsuitable by the returning officer. Although they share Mrs Futers’ concerns about the distance voters are required to travel, Coun O’Dare feels there was little else that could be done. He said: “It’s not ideal but if there’s nowhere appropriate, what can you do?”

To aid those voters for whom travelling to the town hall is likely to pose difficulties, Mrs Futers has arranged ‘polling cars’ ferrying voters between Winthorpe and the town hall with a pick-up point at Winthorpe Way near the Garden City estate and Winthorpe Avenue near Linga Longa. Alternatively call 01754 763390.