Thursday, 26 April 2007

Use your vote at Kayleigh's Salon

A Redcar hairdressing salon will be transformed into a Redcar and Cleveland Council polling station when voters go to the polls on Thursday, May 3.

Owner Kayleigh Taberner is shelving her scissors for the day at her 'Diffuse Hair Salon' on Thrush Road, which will be open from 7am-10pm for voters in the Council's Coatham ward.

The salon is probably the most unusual venue among a total of 81 polling stations to serve the Council's 22 wards after Kayleigh agreed to the makeover, complete with 'Polling Station' signs in the salon's window.

Kayleigh, 19, explained: "I don't mind - I'm looking forward to it, I usually only get Sundays off!"

A Council spokesman said: "We're very grateful to Kayleigh. We try and locate polling stations in accessible venues, with the majority in schools and community halls."

The Council is reminding people of the importance of spending 20 minutes on polling day to go out and vote by highlighting what local government will be doing in that same 20 minutes.

National statistics show during any 20-minute spell, local authorities in England will spend £3,693,531 on the services they provide, which range from care for the elderly and running schools to keeping roads and pathways in good condition.

The breakdown includes: £1,369,254 spent on education, £349,277 spent on culture, the environment and planning, along with 12,975 books borrowed from public libraries and 259 tonnes of household waste recycled.

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