New Peterhead polling place is 'too far away' for some older voters

A Peterhead councillor has expressed concerns over the a change ot one of the town’s polling places for May’s Scottish Parliament election.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 7:00 am
A number of changes have been made to polling places.

Changes to a number of polling places across Aberdeenshire were agreed at last week’s full council meeting, including a change in Peterhead Central where the polling place will now be the Territorial Army Centre in Catto Drive.

Councillor Stephen Calder raised concerns about the change from Peterhead Central School to the Territorial Army Centre stating that it was too far away for older voters who live near the school and don’t have access to transport.

Aberdeenshire Council chief executive Jim Savege explained the changes to polling places were being made due to venue availability and suitability with regards to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing the matter of the change in the Peterhead Central ward, Mr Savege said that the new location was the first alternative venue suggested and was suitable regarding space, size and accessibility.

He added that the school was currently being used as a vaccination centre but welcomed Councillor Calder’s “helpful suggestions”.

Councillor Peter Argyle, deputy leader of the council, said he supported the changes and noted that this upcoming election would be “one of the most complex with regards to organisation” due to the pandemic.

The changes to polling places also include a couple of new venues in Longside.

Rathen Public Hall is now the polling place for Longside East, and St John’s Church is the venue for Longside.