Votegate: Bromley teacher locks gates of school polling station on election day

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A Bromley headteacher closed her school gates today (May 22) in an alleged attempt to prevent residents from casting votes.

Amanda Buck, who heads up Scott’s Park Primary School near Sundridge Park, stopped visitors from parking at the designated polling station this morning.

Chairman of Bickley Conservatives, Kevin Taylor, said he went down to the school after receiving several complaints from locals.

He thinks it was a deliberate attempt to deter voters and believes it may have been a protest against certain political standings.

Mr Taylor, 41, of St Georges Road, said: “The gate was shut. I think it’s outrageous. There’s parking at the school but nowhere to park in the area.

“We had complaints from a number of people – disabled people and the elderly said they couldn’t get to the door to get in and vote.

“We’ve put in a complaint to the Electoral Commission.”

He also mentioned the presiding officer at the site had also had complaints from residents.

Bromley Council this afternoon confirmed the news but said the issue was “fixed very quickly”.

A spokeswoman said: “It happened this morning. We had a phone call. The headteacher had locked the gate when they were not meant to.

“We made a quick visit down there and sorted it out. As soon as we were informed that the gates to the car park at Scott’s Park School were only being opened on request, one of our electoral team visited the school and arranged for the gates to be opened permanently throughout the day.

"The gates allowing pedestrian access were open throughout. There is no requirement for a polling station to provide a car park, however we do try to secure some onsite parking wherever possible.”

Many across the borough have today been turning out to vote in local council and European elections. 

UKIP leader Nigel Farage was spotted at Cudham Primary School in Biggin Hill to register at the ballot box.

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3:18pm Thu 22 May 14

MsChevious says...

So you could still walk in the pedestrian gate and vote? Most polling stations don't have parking, I didn't realise it was required - I'll get complaining about every polling station I've ever visited!

Sounds like preparation for an excuse when the Tories get shafted...
So you could still walk in the pedestrian gate and vote? Most polling stations don't have parking, I didn't realise it was required - I'll get complaining about every polling station I've ever visited! Sounds like preparation for an excuse when the Tories get shafted... MsChevious
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3:23pm Thu 22 May 14

ms day says...

ukip will win hands down we shall walk to vote keep bromley clean
ukip will win hands down we shall walk to vote keep bromley clean ms day
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3:54pm Thu 22 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

I'm a teacher and I don't believe in a fair choice. Get your children out of that school.
I'm a teacher and I don't believe in a fair choice. Get your children out of that school. white rabbit9
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7:26am Fri 23 May 14

JMB221B says...

This complete and utter carp; the pedestrian gate, just out of view to the right in this picture, was wide open... Funny how the Newsshopper chose not to include in their picture. If the elderly are incapable of making their way to their local polling station on foot then they always have the choice of voting by proxy or post... The Tory councilor 's comments are at best inaccurate and at worst slanderous, shame on him.
This complete and utter carp; the pedestrian gate, just out of view to the right in this picture, was wide open... Funny how the Newsshopper chose not to include in their picture. If the elderly are incapable of making their way to their local polling station on foot then they always have the choice of voting by proxy or post... The Tory councilor 's comments are at best inaccurate and at worst slanderous, shame on him. JMB221B
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5:48pm Sat 24 May 14

ServidonDons says...

I bet she did it deliberately. I don't know a single local resident who has a good word to say about the head. The school league tables tell the story clearly!
I bet she did it deliberately. I don't know a single local resident who has a good word to say about the head. The school league tables tell the story clearly! ServidonDons
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