North Lincolnshire - Schools vote 'no' to polling plans

2nd April 2010 at 01:00

Staff and parents at two North Lincolnshire primary schools have objected to their premises being used as polling stations in the upcoming general election.

Holme Valley Primary School, Bottesford, and Oakfield Primary School, Ashby, will have to close or face penalties.

Judith Moorhouse, head teacher at Holme Valley, has told the parents: "Both the governors and myself believe that the use of our school goes against all the government and local authority guidelines around attendance, keeping children safe and the importance of their education.

"In order for the school to be used as a polling station we have to close for the day as it is impossible to secure the site and guarantee the children's safety."

Simon Driver, the acting returning officer at North Lincolnshire Council, told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: "Unfortunately, there is not time before the general election is due to take place to look for other venues in those areas." DM.

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