Stop using our school for polling!

Stop using our school for polling!

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Sarah Clark started this petition to new forest district council and

Waterside Primary School has been used as a polling station for several years now. It is beyond frustrating that the council deems it acceptable to close Waterside Primary school whenever it suits the government for polling purposes when they're all set to fine families for taking children out of school during term time! 

Not only are the school closures unfair on our children, the closures mean days of education lost, it is also unfair on the parents and guardians who have to either take additional days off of work or pay for additional childcare on these days (which is easier said than done!!) 

The local authority has previously claimed that other schools in the area cannot be used as they are not in the correct location, however, there are other schools and church/community halls that could be used.  Why do we and our children have to suffer everytime the government wants a polling day?

After the last polling closure I was informed that the local authority would do their best to look for alternative locations to hold the polling station, however this clearly hasn't been the case.

The local authorities do not want to have to pay for poling stations, so they seem it acceptable to deny our children the same rights as the other local schools.  If nothing else, the council should consider using all 4 local schools, namely Waterside, Orchard, Wildground and Hythe in turn. 

The parking around langdown is terrible.  During the last polling day at the school a fence was driven into and was damaged by a voter visiting the grounds.  In Hythe, there is the school and St John's Hall, both of which back onto large council car parks.  Surely these would be better locations than Waterside school?!

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