Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum

NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM UPDATE 26
August 2015

Local referendum on Neighbourhood Plan

Arrangements for the REFERENDUM on the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan are being made by Woking Borough Council. In order to be able to take part in the referendum, everyone eligible to vote must ensure that they are listed on the electoral REGISTER.

The referendum is the final stage in the neighbourhood planning process. Provided that a majority of those taking part in the referendum support the adoption of the Plan, WBC will be required to accord it full legal status within the planning system. So every vote counts.

The referendum will take place on Thursday 8 October and residents living within the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Area (Click here to see a map of the area on the Residents' Association website) will be able to vote in person, by post or by proxy. The polling station will be at Woking Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Pine Road.

WBC will be publishing a formal notice early next month with details of the referendum and where the Plan and other documents can be inspected. The information will also appear on the WBC website (www.woking.gov.uk). Keep an eye on the Forum website.

Registration deadlines

It is important that everyone living within households who is eligible to vote in the designated neighbourhood area ensures that their details on the electoral register are up to date. Registration can be carried out on-line and takes no more than 5 minutes. Visit: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

The deadline to register to vote in the referendum will be Tuesday 22 September. Applications for postal votes must be made to WBC no later than 5pm on Wednesday 23 September.

WBC is updating its electoral records and residents should have received a document from the Council’s electoral services team in the last few days seeking confirmation of existing information and inviting updates where appropriate.

The Forum’s steering group will be mounting a modest publicity campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the referendum. Expect to receive the occasional reminder e-mail over the next couple of months and watch out for posters appearing around the neighbourhood closer to referendum day.

Forum meeting

There will be a pre-referendum meeting of the Neighbourhood Forum on Monday 7 September at our usual meeting place of De Vere Venues, Gorse Hill commencing at 7.30pm.

This will be a good opportunity for residents who have been so supportive of the Plan’s development over the past two years to learn what (few) changes have been made following the independent examination of our policies earlier this year. Your questions on the Plan and on the referendum will be most welcome. Make a note to attend if you possibly can.

Flawed document

Residents will be aware that WBC recently concluded the first phase of a public consultation on its plans for the next stage of the Borough’s development involving proposals to remove land from the Green Belt between Hook Heath and Mayford.

A detailed, and highly critical, submission was made by the Hook Heath Residents’ Association to the plans outlined in the draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document. You are recommended to read the full HHRA submission which can be viewed on the HHRA website at: www.hhra.co.uk.

And finally

Please make a note of the date of the referendum on the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan - Thursday 8 October - and play your part in helping to shape the future development of Hook Heath. Keep a weather eye on the Forum website and look out for further information over the coming few weeks.

Thanks for your interest and support

Best regards

Peter Hill
Chairman, Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum

 

 

 

 

 

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