Polling Place Review

Public Consultation

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places




Following each electoral event, the Returning Officer for the North Ayrshire Voting Area reviews all comments received from Electors, Candidates, Agents, Election staff and special interest groups and, where necessary, recommendations are made to North Ayrshire Council to change Polling Districts and Polling Places.


The Returning Officer is, however, required to undertake a more formal review of Polling Districts and Polling Places in the North Ayrshire voting every five years.  The Returning Officer has confirmed that the next formal review will commence on Monday 2 October 2023.




The Returning Officer is obliged to report any proposed changes and seek agreement from North Ayrshire Council.   The timetable for the review is therefore outlined below:


Notice of Review Published on Council Website and via Social Media Channels

  Monday 2 October 2023

Notice of Review Published in Local Press

  Week commencing Monday 2 October 2023

Public Consultation Opens

  Monday 2 October 2023

Public Consultation Closes

  Friday 30 November 2023

Returning Officer considers feedback from Public Consultation

  November 2023 - February 2024

Final Consultation Opens

  Friday 19 January 2024

Final Consultation Closes

  Friday 9 February 2024

Returning Officer reports proposed changes and seeks approval from North Ayrshire Council

  March 2024

Publication of Electoral Register

  Scheduled publication – December 2024

Revised Polling Arrangements come in to force

  First electoral event following Council approval.


The Returning Officer’s proposals are detailed below.  You can find out more about Polling Districts, Polling Places and this review by reading our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).




The Returning Officer is NOT currently proposing any changes to Polling Districts as part of this review. 


The Returning Officer is, however, proposing changes to some Polling Places.  This is due to some buildings currently utilised as Polling Places no longer being available.  The Returning Officer is also keen that, as far as possible, schools should remain open on Polling Day so as not to disrupt education provision. However, this may not always be possible due to a lack of alternative buildings in the immediate vicinity or due to the size and layout of a particular school.

The following table provides a summary of proposed changes by Ward.


Ward 1: North Coast


1 proposed change (Assessment)




Ward 2: Garnock Valley


1 proposed change (Assessment




Ward 3: Ardrossan


No changes proposed.




Ward 4: Arran


No changes proposed.




Ward 5: Saltcoats and Stevenston


1 proposed change. (Assessment)




Ward 6: Kilwinning


No changes proposed.




Ward 7: Irvine West


No changes proposed.




Ward 8: Irvine East

  No changes proposed.




Ward 9: Irvine South 


No changes proposed.


Following the Returning Officer’s full consultation on Polling Districts and Polling Places which took place from 2 October 2023 to 30 November 2023, there have been two amendments to the initial proposals to polling places.  The proposals for change are as follows:

Current Polling Place

Proposed Polling Place

Kilbirnie Auld Kirk Hall, 2 Kirkland Road, Kilbirnie KA25 6HS

Ladeside Pavilion, 30 Kirkland Rd, Kilbirnie KA25 6HU

High Kirk Hall, 2A High Road, Stevenston KA20 3DN

Stevenston Library, 1 Main Street, Stevenston KA20 3AB


There are no changes to any of the Polling Districts.  Full details of the Polling Place Review can be seen below.

All views will be considered by the Council and should be returned either by email to elections@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or in writing to The Returning Officer, Chief Executive’s Office, North Ayrshire Council, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE.   The closing date for responses will be 4.30 p.m. Friday 9 February 2024.

Full details of the Returning Officer’s proposals are provided in the table of proposals.


In considering the suitability of potential premises to be used for Polling purposes, guidance issued by The Electoral Commission has been used.   The evaluation checklist for each proposed new Polling Place has been published.  Polling Places must be accessible for voters with disabilities and should either have either level access, a permanent ramped access or be capable of having a temporary ramp installed. 


Polling Places also require to have adequate internal and external lighting.  They should have sufficient space to display guidance notices and for motorised wheelchair manoeuvrability.  All of our Polling Stations already have both high and low level polling booths.  It is preferable if there is space for vehicle parking for disabled people.   The premises also require to have kitchen and toilet facilities for staff on duty on Polling Day.  The premises need to be available, usually exclusively, on Polling Day.


Following the consultation, the ​​​​representations and submission from the Returning Officer can be found below:

Submission by the Returning Officer




The next scheduled Poll is the UK Parliamentary Election the date of which is still to be confirmed.


NOTE: By-elections may occur at any time and the Poll usually takes place within three months of the date of the vacancy occurring.




Following approval of the new Polling Arrangements, an appeal can only be made on the grounds that the local authority’s review did not:


  • meet the reasonable requirements of electors in the constituency
  • take sufficient account of disabled access to polling places



Following a review, certain persons have a right to appeal:


  • 30 or more electors in the constituency in which the polling district and/or polling plan that is the subject of the appeal is situated
  • a person who made representations under Schedule A1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983. This includes an elector in a constituency in the local authority’s area who previously made representations to the local authority
  • a person who is not an elector in a constituency in the authority’s area but who The Electoral Commission thinks has either sufficient interest in disabled access to Polling Places in the area or particular expertise in disabled access to premises and facilities

Appeals should be made directly to the Electoral Commission.


If you are one of the persons mentioned above and would like to make an appeal which falls within one or both the grounds mentioned above, you can send your appeal to:


Legal Counsel
The Electoral Commission
3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ
Tel: 020 7271 0500
Email: appeals@electoralcommission.org.uk


On the outcome of an appeal, The Electoral Commission may:


  • direct the local authority to make any alterations to the Polling Places designated by the review
  • make alterations themselves, if the authority fails to make the alterations within two months of the direction being given

Read more information on making an appeal in the Electoral Comission's guidance: The polling place review appeals process Electoral Commission




For further information on this review please contact the North Ayrshire Council Election Team by email: elections@north-ayrshire.gov.uk