By-elections Woodside and Park Hill and Whitgift wards: 2 May 2024

Following the resignations of Councillor Mike Bonello (Woodside), and Councillor Jade Appleton (Park Hill and Whitgift), casual vacancies exist for a Councillor in both Woodside and Park Hill and Whitgift wards.

The required requests from two registered electors for by-elections to take place to fill these vacancies have been received and therefore by-elections will take place alongside the GLA elections on 2 May 2024.

Notice of election

A notice of election has now been published for these two by-elections.

Download the notice of election (PDF, 114KB).

Candidate announcement

The candidates at the by-elections in Park Hill and Whitgift and Woodside wards have been announced.

Statement of persons nominated - Park Hill and Whitgift (PDF, 17KB)
Statement of persons nominated - Woodside (PDF, 17KB)

Combination arrangements with the GLA elections

Registered electors in the by-election wards will be able to cast their votes at their polling station for the GLA elections. When attending their polling station, they will receive an additional ballot paper for the by-election.

Due to the time required to produce poll cards and postal vote packs, separate poll cards and postal votes for this by-election will be sent out to electors in these wards.

All deadlines for registration and absent votes are the same as for the GLA elections – please see below for more information.

The votes in the by-election will be counted along-side those for the GLA election contests. Details on when the results can be expected will appear here in due course.

Who can vote?

To vote in these elections you must be:

  • aged 18 or over on polling day
  • a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen
  • registered to vote.

Visit who can register to vote to find out more about who is eligible.

How to register to vote

If you are not yet registered, the quickest way is to register to vote online before the deadline at midnight on Tuesday 16 April. You can request a paper application form if that is easier from electoral.services@croydon.gov.uk or telephone 0300 373 0595.

You do not need to re-register if you are already registered to vote.

How you can vote

You can choose to vote:

  • at your local polling station
  • by post
  • appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf (if you have a reason why you cannot attend their polling station)

Voting in polling stations

Croydon has 149 polling districts, and polling stations. You will be allocated to a specific polling station and can only vote at that station (unless you have organised to vote by post).

Nominated Proxies must vote at the allocated polling station for the voter they are acting as proxy for.

Poll cards (in a form of a letter) will be sent to all registered voters at the beginning of April with information about the location of their polling station.  

Use the polling station finder to find your polling station by entering your home postcode.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 2 May.

Visit voting in polling stations for more information.

Voting by post

The deadline to register for a postal vote, or to change or cancel an existing postal vote 5pm on Wednesday 17 April.

Apply for a postal vote.

Postal votes will be dispatched by 1st class post around Wednesday 17 April.

All postal votes will include a pre-paid 1st class envelope for the postal vote to be returned in. All postal votes need to be received before 10pm on Thursday 2 May.

Hand delivering postal votes

You can hand in your postal vote and the votes of others at any polling station in the ward before 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2024. You can also hand them in to:

The Town Hall,
Katharine Street,
Croydon,
CR9 1DE

There is a limit to the number of postal votes someone can hand deliver. You can hand in your own postal vote and postal votes for up to 5 other voters.

A political campaigner can only hand in their postal vote plus the votes of up to 5 family members or people for whom they provide regular care.

You must complete a form when hand-delivering postal votes to be attached to the postal vote. Staff at the Town Hall or at the polling station will provide you with this form. Please allow extra time to do this when hand delivering postal votes.

Voting by proxy

You can now apply to vote by proxy online. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

Visit vote by proxy for more information.