County Hall closed to the public during elections
County Hall will play a key role in the upcoming elections
County Hall in Trowbridge will be closed for a number of days to the public in May, with the building playing a central role in the upcoming elections.
County Hall will be one of the count venues for the Wiltshire unitary, town and parish, and Police and Crime Commissioner elections. As a result, the building, including Trowbridge Library* will be unavailable from 2pm on Thursday 6 May until the morning of Monday 10 May. The Medley Day service will remain open until 3.30pm on Thursday 6 May but will close on Friday 7 May. The building will be open for re-issue of postal votes and emergency proxy applications until 5pm on Thursday 6 May.
Local elections are due to take place on 6 May for the 98 Wiltshire Council unitary divisions, as well as town and parishes. The Police and Crime Commissioner election also takes place on 6 May as do a number of Neighbourhood Plan Referendums.
Wiltshire Council Chief Executive, and Returning Officer for Wiltshire, Terence Herbert, said: "We apologise for anyone who is inconvenienced by County Hall being unavailable for a few days in May, but in order to ensure the building is COVID secure during this key period we have to temporarily close it.
"Following the busy election period, the building will be thoroughly cleaned and open again from Monday 10 May."
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Wiltshire's Returning Officer is asking that as many people as possible register to vote via post.
To avoid the risk of fraud, a signature is required when applying for a postal vote. Anyone unable to print a postal vote application form at home should call Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0112 and they can arrange for a copy to be posted out. People can visit Government postal vote page for more information and to get a form.
People should visit 2021 elections page for all the information they need on the upcoming elections.
*The Government's roadmap states that libraries can reopen no earlier than 12 April, so at this point in time it's still not confirmed that the library for will be back open for browsing to the public from that date.
A range of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines are available at the library ebooks and emagazines page