Early general election preparation being planned in West Norfolk
The borough council is stepping up its plans for polling stations with the possibility of an early general election looking increasingly likely.
During a full council meeting on Thursday evening, leader Brian Long said planning is taking place to ensure polling stations will be available in the event of an election.
He said: “Given the possibility of an early general election as soon as October 15, our responsibility is to ensure appropriate polling stations are in place so folks have somewhere appropriate to vote.
“Some may be deemed better than others but are not available at short notice.”
Labour councillor Sandra Collop suggested churches are not appropriate polling stations.
In response, Mr Long said church rooms and halls are the “mainstay of some areas within the borough”.
He added: “I appreciate some people have problems with going into a religious building, but they will be going into a polling station and it will be signposted as that.”
North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham has stated he is confident the Conservatives would be successful if an early election was called.
He also said it “was a great shame” Conservative MPs such as Ken Clarke and Rory Stewart had been deselected as their “votes will be needed” as long-standing members.