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Polling stations announced for crucial Watton by-election

PUBLISHED: 10:32 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:32 11 November 2015

Watton Sports Centre is one of the polling stations for the Norfolk County Council by-election. Picture: Ian Burt

Watton Sports Centre is one of the polling stations for the Norfolk County Council by-election. Picture: Ian Burt

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Voters are being told to make sure they know where they can cast their vote next week when Watton goes to the polls.

A county council by-election has been called for Thursday, November 19, after Stan Hebborn resigned from County Hall.

The by-election could change the balance of power at Norfolk County Council with the possibility of the Conservatives regaining control.

The candidates are Tim Birt, Green, Claire Bowes, Conservative, and Keith Gilbert, Independent, and Joe Sisto, Labour.

Mr Hebborn was elected under the UK Independence Party banner however UKIP has chosen not to field a candidate, as have the Lib Dems.

Both have decided to back independent Mr Gilbert in the by-election.

Mr Hebborn’s decision to quit county hall, as well as UKIP, has left the current coalition on a knife edge with 40 conservative members to 14 Labour, 13 UKIP and Independent, nine Liberal Democrats, four Greens and two non-aligned.

There are currently two vacancies after Liberal Democrat Dave Thomas also announced his resignation from his South Smallburgh ward at the start of the month.

There are five polling stations in the town and surrounding villages, four of which have been used as polling stations in previous elections and one venue that has changed. People should check their polling cards for details on which polling station they should use. Voters who may have gone to Queens Hall, on Norwich Road, to vote in previous elections are being advised that this polling station has been relocated to Watton Sports and Social Club, on Dereham Road. The polling stations which have been used in previous elections and are again being used for the Watton by-election are at: Carbrooke Coronation Hall, Church Street, Ovington Village Hall, Church Road, Caston Village Hall, The Street, and Watton Christian Community Centre, 57 High Street. Maxine O’Mahony, Breckland’s returning officer, said: “Most voters won’t see a change of polling station since the last election, but it is important that everybody double checks their polling card to ensure they are clear on where they need to go on November 19.

“It is vital that people know where they can cast their vote, to ensure the process is as quick and easy as possible.”

Anyone who has lost their polling card can check their polling station by calling Breckland’s Elections team on 01362656875.

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