ABC of Chippenham: Poll
Tomorrow's an historic day as the nation decides via a referendum (the first we've had in over 30 years) whether to stick with the first past the post system for electing its MPs or to try the AV system, where we rank the candidates in order of preference.
I'm not going to go into the fors and againsts with this decision. What's more interesting for ABC Wednesday is that since we've moved to Chippenham, we've had some rather unusual locations in which to mark our ballot papers.
When we moved to Pewsham in 1988, the local school was yet to be built so our polling station was a house in Buckingham Road. We'd register in the kitchen, then move into the lounge for the actual voting. Sadly coffee wasn't served at the time, though it felt like it should be.
Here in Cepen Park North again there's no school, hall or other public building available to host the polling station. When we first moved here the back of the staff area at Safeway (now Morrison's) was commandeered for our democratic process. We'd have to walk to the back of the supermarket, then go through a plastic curtain and past walls showing various sales figures and targets to where the polling station was located.
The school promised for the estate was never built and I think the supermarket's new owners weren't that happy with the staff room arrangement. The polling station's in the supermarket car park nowadays, in the county's Mobile Classroom wheeled in especially for the event. I'll put up a picture tomorrow, so you can see exactly what's been used for our voting.
Will you be casting your vote in a more unusual location than me?
This is for ABC Wednesday and is the 16th in my themed posts about Chippenham.