Hartlepool voters head to polling stations

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VOTERS will go to the polls today and people are being urged to use their right to vote.

All kinds of locations are being used to make sure people can cast their vote. Scroll down to read a list.

Ballot box.

Ballot box.

They include The Mowbray, on the Fens, Inspirations garden centre within Stranton Cemetery and several churches and schools.

Eight people are vying to be Hartlepool’s MP including Labour’s Iain Wright who has held the position for the last 11 years.

And 55 hopefuls are standing for one of 11 seats available on Hartlepool Borough Council.

The polls remain open until 10pm tonight.

Peter Devlin, Hartlepool’s electoral registration officer, said: “As always, we would encourage people to exercise their right to vote in the parliamentary and local elections.”

The town’s next MP will be announced in the early hours of tomorrow morning following the official count at the Mill House Leisure Centre.

A host of national and international media are due to be at the count including a TV and radio station from Switzerland.

They are possibly hoping for a big upset by Phillip Broughton of Ukip which is targeting Hartlepool following recent visits by their leader Nigel Farage.

Also hoping to cause an upset and overturn Iain Wright’s 5,509 majority is first-time independent candidate, town taxi driver Stephen Picton.

Richard Royal is hoping to become the first Conservative Hartlepool MP for more than 50 years.

Hilary Allen is standing for the Liberal Democrats and Michael Holt for The Green Party.

Granddad John Hobbs, aged 80, is another independent candidate while Sandra Allison is standing on the fight for services to be reinstated at Hartlepool hospital.

Hartlepool’s turnout in the last General Election in 2010 was 55.5 per cent.

The successful council candidates will be announced later on Friday morning.

Polling stations

Burn Valley Ward

Eldon Grove Bowling Club, Eldon Grove

St Matthews Community Centre, Elwick Road

Walmsley Hall, Osborne Road/Stanhope Avenue

Stranton Centre, Southburn Terrace

Oxford Road Baptist Church

De Bruce Ward

Barnard Grove Primary School, Infant entrance from King Oswy Drive

Northern Lights Academy, King Oswy Drive

Main Hall, West View Community Centre, Miers Avenue

St Thomas Mores Parish Centre, rear of the Presbytery, Easington Road

Fens and Rossmere Ward

The Mowbray, Mowbray Road

Heron Room, Fens Primary School, Mowbray Road

St Teresa’s Church Hall, Braemar Road

Rossmere/Ardrossan Community Building, Rossmere Way

Room 1, Rossmere Centre, Rossmere Way

Foggy Furze Ward

Browning Avenue Baptist Church, Browning Avenue

Kingsley Children’s Centre, Taybrooke Avenue

Inspirations Garden Centre, Tanfield Road

Nursery St Cuthberts Primary School, Stratford Road

Entrance Belle Vue Community Sports & Youth Centre, Kendal Road

Hart Ward

Village Hall, Front Street, Hart

St Marks Community Centre, Clavering Road

Communal Lounge, Bamburgh Court, Bamburgh Road

The Entrance, Hartfields Retirement Village ED

Portable Unit, Merlin Way/Siskin Close

Headland and Harbour Ward

Phoenix Centre, Hindpool Close

Surestart St Helens Primary School, Corporation Road entrance

Headland Library, Borough Hall, Middlegate

Marketing Suite, Jomast, 1 Maritime Close

Burbank Community House, Burbank Street entrance

Jesmond Ward

Throston Grange Branch Library, Glamorgan Grove

Throston Youth Project, Wiltshire Way

Foundation Stage, Jesmond Gardens Primary School Jesmond Road

Chatham House Café, Chatham Road

The Annexe, Wharton Terrace

Manor House Ward

Community Room, Grange Primary School, Owton Manor Lane

Dining Room Eskdale Academy, Eskdale Road

Training Room, Owton Manor Community Centre, Wynyard Road

St Columba Centre, Dryden Road

Rift House Community Centre, Masefield Road

Owton Manor Baptist Church, Catcote Road

Rural West Ward

Bowls Pavilion, Ward Jackson Park, The Parade

Hartlepool Cricket Club, Park Drive

School House, High Tunstall College of Science, Elwick Road

Village Hall, Dalton Piercy ID,

Women’s Institute Hall, The Green, Elwick

Lounge 3 Wynyard Woods Grange, Wynyard Woods

Greatham Community Centre, Front Street

Seaton Ward

The Staincliffe, The Cliff, Seaton Carew

Seaton Carew Branch Library, Station Lane

Seaton Carew Cricket Club, Elizabeth Way

Main Hall, Jutland Road Community Centre, Jutland Road

Golden Flatts Community Resource Centre, Seaton Lane

Victoria Ward

Luke’s Church Hall, Tunstall Avenue

Portable Unit, Hartlepool Supporters Club Car Park, Sandringham Road

Entrance Foyer, Mill House Leisure Centre, Raby Road

Lynnfield Community and Learning Centre, entrance from Elcho Street

Central Library, York Road