Voters could put down an X and pick up an Observer

Acting content editor Sol Buckner outside Woods House in Telford Road
Acting content editor Sol Buckner outside Woods House in Telford Road

VOTERS could be able to mark down their X and pick up a copy of their favourite local newspaper in the future.

The borough council wants to use the Hastings Observer’s Woods House office in Telford Road as a polling station on May 22 for the European Parliament and local elections.

If approved it could be the second time the office has been used as one of the three polling stations for Ashdown ward.

And it is believed to be the only newspaper office used for such voting in the UK. The council would like to make the arrangement permanent.

In May, 2012 the Observer stepped in to help out after the original polling site at the Sussex Edwardian Hotel in Eisenhower Drive suddenly closed down just days before the election.

The acting returning officer for the borough is proposing a number of changes in venues for May’s double election.

These include the Hastings Observer instead of the hotel, the Hastings Centre instead of the Civil Services Sports Club and The Hastings Centre instead of Little Ridge Primary School.

Member of the Cabinet will decide on Monday whether to approve the proposal.

Council spokesman Kevin Boorman said: “We are also proposing the building is used as a permanent polling station. The main advantage is its location, visibility and good public transport links, together with parking area. We can’t comment as to whether the electorate preferred it as there were no comments raised either way after the 2012 election. “Disability access is on a par with Sussex Edwardian, but the Observer is easier to get to, especially for those who rely on public transport.”