WHOOPS... Someone’s taking the ‘P’!

Like all residents across the borough, Tiptree residents have been receiving their polling cards ahead of the borough council election is May.

But there was something wrong with how the council has spelt the ward... instead of ‘Tiptree’, it was ‘Titree’ which appeared on the cards.

Gazette: Steve Bays at the front in suit wearing chain

Light-hearted - Mr Bays, front, alongside members of Tiptree Parish Council 

Steve Bays, chairman of Tiptree Parish Council, said: “I couldn’t believe it, I just kept thinking: ‘Someone’s taken the ‘P’!

"Let’s be fair, it’s a little unfortunate but there is a worry they might have to be reprinted because this is an official document.”

The chairman, who has previously voiced concern over the village being sidelined by Colchester Council, added: “I don’t think people are taking it too seriously... at least people will definitely be aware there’s an election!”

Meanwhile, Colchester Council bosses have encouraged voters to make sure their details are up to date to make sure they can vote in the May 3 council election.

Anyone who believes their details may not be up to date should click here before April 17.

Polling cards are being distributed between today and April 3.

They include the location of the elector's polling station. 

Any resident unable to cast their vote at their polling station can apply for a postal vote by 5pm on April 18.

Anyone wishing to vote by proxy has until 5pm on April 25. 

Colchester Council's Electoral Registration Officer, Adrian Pritchard, said: “I encourage all residents aged 18 and over to vote in the 3 May elections and have their say on the important decisions affecting our borough.

“Now's the time to make sure your details are up to date on the Register or visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register.

"Look out for your polling card and apply for a postal or proxy vote if you're not able to vote at a polling station.

"Details of all this and more is available on the elections pages of our website to help residents prepare.”

Information for candidates wishing to stand for election to the Borough Council is also available online.