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Braes Community Hall


Folk in Braes have become the first, although possibly not the last, on Skye to hit out at plans to move election polling stations from community halls to schools.

As reported in The Skye Times, Highland Council say the plan will bring real cash savings how locals in the Braes area believe that it could mean some will miss out on their rights to vote.

Commenting on social media one resident said: "Braes Hall is one of the halls in the list and the new polling station will be in the school in Portree.

"This means that Braes residents have to travel in to Portree to vote and if you don't have a car and there is no bus on a Thursday you are disenfranchised.

At the same time income from hire of the hall will be lost .

The comment continued: "The council's argument is it will save money - halls have to be hired, schools do not
"Hall facilities are inadequate, e.g. no parking, lack of disabled access, no kitchen facilities for polling officials

"We can argue that our hall facilities are now adequate as we have ample parking and excellent kitchen facilities and our disabled access is currently being improved. We also store the polling booths. Use of local halls avoids disruption to school days."


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