Neighbourhood planning was introduced under the Localism Act 2011. It aims to help local communities play a direct role in planning the areas in which they live and work by showing how the community wants land to be used and developed in its area.
Proposals for Neighbourhood Planning Areas must be voted on in a referendum before they can be brought into effect by the local authority.
Referendum on - Thursday 7th March 2019
A Neighbourhood Plan Referendum for Billinghay will take place on 7th March 2019.
Ian Fytche, Chief Executive of North Kesteven District Council will be the Counting Officer for this Referendum and is responsible for conduct of the referendum. The Counting Officer has the same role as the Returning Officer, who is responsible for the conduct of elections in the District. The referendum will be conducted in accordance with the procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.
The Referendum area is identical to the area which has been designated as the Billinghay Neighbourhood Plan area, which covers the parish of Billinghay.
How do I vote in the referendum?
The question to be asked in the Referendum is:
"Do you want North Kesteven District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Billinghay to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"
You show your choice by putting a cross (X) in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ box on your ballot paper.
Put a cross in only one box or your vote will not be counted.
Who can vote at this Referendum?
You can vote in the referendum if you live in the Billinghay Parish Area and
- You are registered to vote in local council elections (British, European or Commonwealth citizens)
- You are 18 years of age or over on the 7th March 2019
In order to vote in the referendum you must be registered to vote by 19th February 2019.
Am I registered to vote?
You can check if you are registered to vote by calling 01529 414155.
If you are not on the electoral register, you will need to go online to Gov.uk and complete an online application.
Remember... If you are not registered, you will not be able to vote.
How can I vote?
There are three ways of voting - you may vote in person, by post or by proxy.
In person on Thursday 7th March 2019
Most people vote in person at their local polling station. It is easy and a member of staff will always help if you are not sure what to do.
Your polling station(s) will be:
Billinghay Village Hall, Ringmoor Close, Billinghay, Lincoln, LN4 4EX
The polling station will be open from 7am to 10pm.
To vote by post, fill in an application form and send it to: The Electoral Registration Officer, North Kesteven District Council, Council Offices, Kesteven Street, Sleaford NG34 7EF to arrive by no later than 5pm on 20TH February 2019 or completed forms can also be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postal vote application forms can be requested by contacting North Kesteven District Council on 01529 414155 or can be downloaded online from the Your Vote Matters website.
Ballot papers can be sent overseas, but you need to think about whether you will have time to receive and return your postal vote by 7th March 2019, in these cases a proxy is recommended.
You should receive a separate postal pack for the Referendum at least two weeks before polling day. If it doesn’t arrive in time, you can get a replacement up to 5pm on Thursday 7th March 2019 but replacements can be issued no earlier than Friday 1st March 2019.
If you can’t go to the polling station and do not wish to vote by post, you may be able to vote by proxy. This means allowing somebody you can trust to vote on your behalf. Proxy vote application forms are available from North Kesteven District Council or can be downloaded online from the Your Vote Matters website. The deadline to submit your proxy vote application is 5pm on 27th February 2019 and the completed form must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer at the District Council offices in Sleaford by this time. Alternatively completed application forms can be scanned and emailed to email@example.com.
Individuals or groups may campaign to promote a particular outcome of the referendum (either that the Neighbourhood Plan be adopted or that it be rejected). Spending on such campaigns is restricted by an expenses limit, which campaigners and campaign groups must not exceed.
The referendum expenses limit that will apply in relation to the referendum is £2,468.91
Key Reference Elections Documents regarding the Referendum are:
- Billinghay Neighbourhood Plan
- Information Statement (available Monday 28 January 2019)
- Notice of Referendum (available no later than 31st January 2019)
Further information regarding the referendum is available from Electoral Services on 01529 308238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Billinghay Neighbourhood Plan Documents
Further information regarding the Neighbourhood Plan is available on our Billinghay Neighbourhood Plan webpage.
Hard copies of the Neighbourhood Plan documents are available to view at the District Council Offices, Kesteven Street, Sleaford NG34 7EF between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 9:00am to 4.30pm, Friday. Please ask at the reception desk.
Alternatively you can contact the Community Initiatives Team on 01529 414155 or email email@example.com.