Gloucestershire has its say on election day
By Rob Freeman | 6th May 2021
Gloucestershire is heading to the polls today with a range of elections across the county - some of them 12 months late due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All 53 seats on Gloucestershire County Council are up for grabs while every ward in Gloucester City Council (39 seats) and Stroud District Council (51 seats) is being contested after the postponement of last year's elections.
Half of the 40 seats on Cheltenham Borough Council are also up for election with by-elections to fill empty places on Tewkesbury Borough Council (Cleeve Hill), Cotswold District Council (Fosseridge) and Forest of Dean District Council (Berry Hill and Cinderford East).
And Gloucestershire voters will also being electing the county's Police and Crime Commissioner with incumbent Martin Surl (Independent) seeking a third term with opposition from Chris Coleman (Lib Dem), Chris Nelson (Conservative), Simon O'Rourke (Labour) and Adrian Stratton (Independent)
Parish and town councils across the county are also being contested.
Polling stations are open until 10pm with social distancing and safety measures in place. Face coverings must be worn with voters encouraged to bring their own pencils, although they will be provided.
Results for the county council elections are due to be announced tomorrow with the district, city and borough councils on Saturday and the PCC on Monday.
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