Coldstream’s new polling station

Coldstream Community Centre
Coldstream Community Centre

Coldstream electors will cast their votes after Scottish Borders Council chose Coldstream Parish Church Hall as the town’s new polling station.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “Due to the poor condition of the Rodger Hall it has been necessary to find a new polling place for Coldstream.

“There was no other suitable council owned property in Coldstream and following the suggestion of some of the local councillors, officers visited the parish church hall which was found to meet the necessary requirements so will be used on May 7, 2015.

“Any feedback received after the election will be considered with regard to its future use.”

Finding a new polling station was discussed at January’s meeting of Coldstream & District Community Council and the minutes make it clear that their preferred option for a polling station was Coldstream Community Centre: “Mothballing the Rodger Hall will mean Coldstream will need a new venue to be used as a polling station and the community council would like to see it in the community centre.”

Berwickshire MSP John Lamont also suggested the centre, however, SBC and local councillors don’t seem to have taken it into consideration.

Community centre administrator Liz Brown confirmed they had heard nothing from SBC, adding: “We are disappointed to have not been even given a chance.”