Fire changes polling station

Bowls Club High Street Old Town'Damaged by Fire'PA1114-4a'James Ash (Treas)
Bowls Club High Street Old Town'Damaged by Fire'PA1114-4a'James Ash (Treas)

A FIRE at Westgate Bowls Club in Bridlington’s Old Town has led to a change of plan for the council on local elections day.

The pavilion is usually used as a polling station for elections, and was due to be used for the local authority elections and Alternative Vote referendum on Thursday, May 5.

However fire damage at the site has led East Riding Council’s election team to formulate a back up plan, as they were unsure if repairs would be made in time.

The polling station will now be moved to a mobile unit outside Bridlington Sports Centre in Gypsey Road.

A spokesman for the council said: “The council’s election team were unsure whether the club would be in a useable condition by May 5.

“Any electors with polling cards that say they would be using the bowls club as their polling station, will be receiving a letter from the council advising them of the change.

“We will also be putting up signs at the club directing voters to the correct booth near the sports centre, so that everybody who goes to place a vote will be able to do so as easily as possible.”

Dave Wilson, president of the Westgate Bowls club, said the club are “carrying on as normal” with their season since the fire.

“There’s nothing we can do about it now, so hopefully we can just get on with the season,” he said. “It’s not ideal that we can’t provide catering for visiting teams, but hopefully the repairs will be complete sooner rather than later.”

Fire broke out at the clubs’s pavilion between 6am and 8am on Sunday, April 3.

The fire, which was believed to have been started deliberately on the roof, has caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage and left members without electricity and kitchen facilities for the first matches of the year.

Police are still appealing for information regarding the fire, and anyone who can help is advised to contact them on 0845 6060222 quoting log 221 of April 3.

Meanwhile, today, Thursday April 14, is the last opportunity for people in Bridlington to get themselves on the electoral register so they can vote in the local elections, the AV referendum, or to register for a postal or proxy vote.

Those who need help updating their details can call into Bridlington Town Hall, log on to the council’s elections section on their website www.eastriding,, on the electoral commission website,, or by calling East Riding electoral services on 01482 393311/2/3.

A full list of candidates are also available for your area on the election page at Get next week’s Free Press for a full rundown of all the local candidates standing for Bridlington Town Council, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.