Local elections in Wiltshire are still planned to go ahead despite concerns that voters could have to wait until autumn to return to the polls.

Wiltshire Council has said it is working hard planning to make the upcoming May local elections Covid-secure.

The local authority said the plans are going ahead under the assumption that the elections will still be held in May, as it says it has not been told anything to the contrary.

This is despite ongoing rumours that the elections – which were due to take place last year -- would be postponed yet again due to the pandemic.

Council chief executive and returning officer, Terence Herbert said: “All Wiltshire polling stations will be Covid-secure, but it’s really important that if anyone has any concerns about attending a polling station in May, they should apply for a postal vote as soon as possible.

“Of course we are aware that the situation could change quickly, and if the dates are shifted then our experienced elections team will adapt the plans accordingly.”

The Cabinet Office also confirmed last week (January 7) that the elections would still be held on Thursday, May 6.