Site manager of school polling station with locked gates says it was a misunderstanding

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The site manager of the school polling station that had locked gates says it was a misunderstanding.

James Dyer, 67, who looks after Scott’s Park Primary School in Sundridge Park, explained he and the headteacher made the decision because last time staff members’ cars were damaged by voters.

On Election Day (May 22) Bromley Council received a number of complaints from residents who said they had nowhere to park at the site.

But Mr Dyer today said pedestrian access was available nearby – and after someone from the electoral team visited the school he unlocked the gates.

He said: “Last time this place was used for parking teachers’ cars were damaged.

“There was pedestrian access down the road. But people didn’t want to walk.

“Someone came down from Bromley Council and saw the situation – we decided that we would open up the other playground and put the teachers’ cars there.

“I wasn’t happy about it – we don’t normally put a load of cars on the playground.

“We weren’t trying to stop people voting. It was all sorted by lunchtime.”

Chairman of Bickley Conservatives, Kevin Taylor, told News Shopper he went down to the school after locals told him they had been unable to get in and cast their votes.

The 41-year-old described it as “outrageous” and said he had notified the Electoral Commission.

A council spokeswoman said it was “fixed very quickly” and the gates were soon arranged to be open throughout the day.

 

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12:19pm Fri 23 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Amanda Buck & James Dyer can chuck their weight about with schoolkids when the school is open, but not with adults when it is being used as a polling station.

More to the point, how can anybody expect residents of Bickey to walk to a polling station? It would take most of them a good half hour to walk out of their front gardens.
Amanda Buck & James Dyer can chuck their weight about with schoolkids when the school is open, but not with adults when it is being used as a polling station. More to the point, how can anybody expect residents of Bickey to walk to a polling station? It would take most of them a good half hour to walk out of their front gardens. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: -7

12:46pm Fri 23 May 14

bnorther says...

Amanda Buck can get very precious about her lovely car. She is always blaming parents for scratches to the teachers cars. There is no evidence it's the parents, it could easily be another teacher causing the damage?
Amanda Buck can get very precious about her lovely car. She is always blaming parents for scratches to the teachers cars. There is no evidence it's the parents, it could easily be another teacher causing the damage? bnorther
  • Score: 4

5:47pm Fri 23 May 14

molsey says...

The Jobsworth should retire.
The Jobsworth should retire. molsey
  • Score: 9

10:35am Sat 24 May 14

Trumpytomtom says...

Trying to stop people voting? sounds like the extremist was at work on this one lmao heh heh
Trying to stop people voting? sounds like the extremist was at work on this one lmao heh heh Trumpytomtom
  • Score: 1

7:18pm Sat 24 May 14

RUA Little Liar says...

Smells fishy, get him to provide the police accident reports to prove that he's not lying!
Smells fishy, get him to provide the police accident reports to prove that he's not lying! RUA Little Liar
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Sun 25 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

This being was right to do it,,UKIP gained alot of seats.
This being was right to do it,,UKIP gained alot of seats. white rabbit9
  • Score: 5

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