End of an era as Kings Heath election chief signs off

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A familiar face to voters in Kings Heath has carried out his duties for the final time with the 2017 General Election.

Peter Streets has been in charge of the High Street polling station for more than 40 years.

He has been a presiding officer at the Kings Heath Baptist Hall polling station for every election bar one since 1975. The only election he missed was for the current Police Commissioner, having already booked a holiday.

Peter, a former Birmingham City Council employee, has recorded the votes for general, local, European and mayoral elections, as well as the EU referendum last year.

“When I first started the ballot box was tin, and had to be sealed at the close of the election with hot wax,” he says. “Now the boxes are plastic and there is more paperwork involved.”

Peter said what he will not miss is having to get up at 5.30am on election days to make sure the Polling Station is ready.
But he will miss the local people. Peter said: “Much of the High Street and surrounding roads in Kings Heath, with its Victorian houses, has remained much the same over the years and I have met pensioners who first came to the hall in the 1920s for Sunday school. The voters have always been very friendly.”

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