Bertha Park outside Perth to be made into polling district

Councillors have given polling place changes their vote of approval.

The changes include the creation of a new polling district for Bertha Park.

Elected members approved the electoral changes at a virtual meeting of Perth and Kinross Council on November 15.

Up until now Bertha Park residents have had to travel to Luncarty despite there being no direct public transport links between Bertha Park and Luncarty. From now on a designated polling place will be created within Bertha Park High School.

Strathtay SNP councillor Grant Laing said all three councillors had requested Bertha Park be made a polling district and welcomed this development.

Cllr Laing also hailed improvements made to Caputh Hall allowing it to be used as a venue again.

He said: “Maybe the fact the polling station was temporarily removed because it was not fit for purpose has had a knock-on benefit with the committee refurbishing the village hall.”

Caputh Village Hall will be restored as a permanent polling place.

St Anne’s Church Hall in Coupar Angus will be used as a temporary polling place until December 31, 2022 whilst works in Coupar Angus Town Hall are carried out.

Blairgowrie Audit Resource Centre was used as a temporary polling place in the Scottish Parliament 2021 elections while Blairgowrie Town Hall was repurposed as a community vaccination centre. But in order to make use of this venue, one polling station was removed and the feedback was it would be preferable to revert back to three polling stations.

Should Blairgowrie Town Hall still be required as a vaccination venue, Blairgowrie Audit Resource Centre will be used again.

North Inch Community Campus in Perth will be made a permanent polling place, while St John the Baptist RC Church in Melville Street has advised PKC it is unable to accommodate future election events.

Upper Springlands was unavailable for the Scottish Parliament elections because of the pandemic to minimise risk to clients. Capability Scotland is keen for Upper Springlands to be reinstated as a polling place should public health advice support that.

Perth City North SNP councillor John Rebbeck said it was “unfortunate” there would not be a polling place in Fairfield before May 2022. He thanked officers for their recognition for the need and said he looked forward to it happening.

Any further changes – due to unforeseen circumstances where there is no time for formal council consideration – will be delegated to the chief executive in consultation with ward councillors.

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