What do you think of buildings we use as polling places?

Polling Places review

We want to hear your views on buildings we intend to use as polling stations in future elections.

Five new venues

New proposals include five new venues, among them Edinburgh College (Midlothian Campus), St John’s & King’s Park Church and Dalkeith Miners Club.

Starts on Wednesday 14 August

The consultation, which starts on Wednesday 14 August, is a compulsory review of polling districts and polling places required before the end of January 2020.

Minimising use of schools

Returning Officer Dr Grace Vickers said: “We’re trying to minimise the number of schools we are using to avoid them being closed on polling day to pupils.

A review is necessary

“Also, some buildings we have used in the past are no longer available to us so although the review is compulsory, it is also necessary.

“Buildings obviously need to be accessible for all electors including those with a disability. We also need to take into account any cost implications of using particular buildings.”

Tell us what you think

You can tell us what you think about the new proposals by visiting the consultations page where you will find associated plans and supporting documents.

Polling places review

Paper copies available

Paper copies are available in main council buildings including:

  • Midlothian House reception, Dalkeith
  • Gorebridge Library
  • Lasswade Centre library
  • Newbattle Community Campus library
  • Loanhead Centre library
  • Penicuik Centre library 

Consultation ends on 25 September

Comments must be sent to us by Wednesday 25 September 2019 to be considered. However, the documents will be available to view until 17 December 2019.

Get in touch

If you have views on where polling places should be located in Midlothian or any other polling station concerns, please email:

Views will be debated

All responses will be analysed and included in a report to be debated by elected members at the Midlothian Council Meeting on Tuesday 17 December 2019 in Dalkeith.

Or write to us

If you prefer to write to us then you can do so using the address below:

Election Team
Midlothian House
Midlothian Council
40-46 Buccleuch Street
EH22 1 DN

13 Aug 2019