ANGER met the news a temporary polling station that has opened on polling days for 30 years will not appear next month.
On May 5, local council elections take place across the country but, for the first time in three decades, people will not be able to vote in Rother Drive, Ellesmere Port.
The council say boundary changes are responsible for the move, meaning voters must travel to Westminster Primary School, but residents and councillors are not happy.
Cllr Pat Merrick, who lived nearby and voted in Rother Drive for 20 years, said: “It’s on the other side of the motorway. It’s quite on a limb from the rest of Westminster.
“Up until recently Rother Drive was still down to have the mobile.
“The first people knew was when they got the card through their door at the beginning of last week.
“The council should have consulted with the people of Rother Drive. Now they’ve got to go on the motorway all the way to the boat museum.”
Thursday marked the last day applications for postal votes could be sent, and Cllr Merrick fears many constituents may have missed the boat.
“There were 14 people on Rother Drive who applied off their own back because the majority have the convenience of the mobile polling station,” she said.
“I think they’ve been disenfranchised. I’m sure there will be some who won’t be able to vote because of this.”
Kerrie Dobbin, chairwoman of the Rossmore Residents Association, helped Cllr Merrick hand deliver application forms for postal votes.
She said: “It’s been there since the estate got built. For it not to be there is a bit of a shock.
“For the older ones and the ones who don’t drive it is going to be hard. If the weather’s bad, who’s going to want to walk all the way down there?
“We’ve delivered postal votes. There’s quite a lot of residents who have filled in the postal votes. It would have been nice for them to ask us would we prefer to have them on here rather than just get a postal card through.”
A Cheshire West and Chester Council spokeswoman said: “In the past we have had significant issues with security and graffiti with the polling station. It has even been pushed over on occasion.
“A total of 480 people voted there at the last election and the remaining 1,000 in the ward voted in Westminster Primary School. It would be a sensible solution for them all to vote in the school.”