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What about a referendum?


If Localism is all about letting local people have a say then is a referendum a good way for the public to express their views?

Residents in Angmering are already ahead of residents in Eastergate/Westergate/Barnham on this.

The Save Angmering Village web site says;

“In April SAV volunteers delivered voting forms to every house in Angmering parish. Of the 5,882 registered voters, 38.4% (2261) responded to the question  “Do you support new large-scale housing developments in the parish of Angmering such as the one currently being proposed by Barratts/David Wilson Homes?” 

7 voted “for” and 2,254 “against”. Therefore 99.69% of the voters are [opposed to] large-scale housing developments in Angmering.” 

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  1. July 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    No responses received yet!

  2. July 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

    This letter has been e-mailed to the three Parish Council Chairmen below. I will post the answers received in due course.

    Attn. Christopher Allington – Chairman, Eastergate Parish Council
    Attn. Marianne West – Chairman, Aldingbourne Parish Council
    Attn. David Phillips – Chairman, Barnham Parish Council

    Dear Parish Council Chairmen

    I would like to formally propose that Eastergate, Aldingbourne and Barnham Parish Councils hold a referendum on the strategic housing allocation proposed in Arun’s DRAFT Local Plan.

    I have in mind two fairly simple questions:

    1. Do you support the Parish Allocations of: Eastergate 100 houses, Westergate 30 houses, Barnham 100 houses, – yes/no

    2. Do you support the large scale strategic allocation of 2,000 houses for Eastergate/Westergate/Barnham – yes/no

    If Localism is all about letting local people have a say then a referendum would provide a means for local people to express their views. It would carry much weight in the planning process if it was organised by three Parish Councils, working together, to provide a platform for local constituents to express their views. The outcome of any referendum would also give your Parish Councils a clear mandate.

    Residents in Angmering are already ahead of residents in Eastergate/Westergate/Barnham on this.

    The Save Angmering Village web site says;

    “In April SAV volunteers delivered voting forms to every house in Angmering parish. Of the 5,882 registered voters, 38.4% (2261) responded to the question “Do you support new large-scale housing developments in the parish of Angmering such as the one currently being proposed by Barratts/David Wilson Homes?”

    7 voted “for” and 2,254 “against”. Therefore 99.69% of the voters are [opposed to] large-scale housing developments in Angmering.”

    I can’t help wondering if the outcome of this referendum contributed to the housing numbers being reduced for Angmering, and increased for Eastergate/Westergate/Barnham?

    I look forward to your Parish Council’s response.

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