Voters to go to the polls in Dursley

Posted: Thu, 11 Oct 2018 12:37 by John Kay

Voters to go to the polls in Dursley

A by-election will be held on Thursday 15 November in Dursley following the resignation of Stroud District Councillor Alison Hayward.

Notice of Election has been posted today (Thursday, October 11).

It means voters in Dursley will go the polls on Thursday, November 15. The period for potential candidates to submit their nomination papers opens tomorrow (Friday, October 12) and closes at 4.00pm on Friday, October 19.

On the same day, a referendum will be held relating to the adoption of the Dursley Neighbourhood Development Plan – voters will be asked to vote 'yes' or 'no' to the question: "Do you want Stroud District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Dursley to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

If more people vote 'yes' than 'no' in the Referendum, then Stroud District Council will use the Dursley Neighbourhood Development Plan to help it to decide planning applications within Dursley.

The Neighbourhood Plan once adopted will then become part of the Development Plan used by the Local Planning Authority (Stroud District Council).

The plan and other documents relating to it can be viewed at https://www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/planning-and-building-control/planning-strategy/neighbourhood-planning/emerging-neighbourhood-plans/dursley-town-council-plan and they are available for inspection at Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, GL5 4UB, Dursley Town Council, Jacobs House, Castle Street, GL11 4BS and Dursley Library, May Lane, Dursley.

In order to vote in this By-election and Referendum you must be registered by midnight on Tuesday 30 October 2018. You can check if you are registered by calling our Helpline on 01453 754886or you can go online to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote with your national insurance number. If you do not have access to the internet please call our helpline on 01453 754886.

How to vote

There are three ways of voting:

  • In person on Thursday 15 November 2018 at your local polling station.
  • You will receive a poll card confirming your polling station for this Referendum.
  • Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.

By post

  • If you have a postal vote already, you will receive a poll card confirming this.
  • If you want to vote by post, you will need to complete an application form and send it to the Electoral Registration Officer to arrive by 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018 at the address below.
  • Postal votes can be sent overseas but you need to think about whether you will have time to receive and return your completed postal vote by 15 November 2018.
  • You should receive your postal vote approximately 10 days before polling day. If it doesn't arrive in time, you can ask for a replacement up to 5.00pm on 15 November 2018 by contacting our helpline 01453 754886.

By proxy

  • If you have a proxy vote already, you will receive a poll card confirming this.
  • If you can't get to the polling station and don't wish to vote by post, you may be able to vote by proxy. This means allowing somebody that you trust to vote on your behalf.
  • If you want to vote by proxy, you will need to complete an application form and send it to the address below to arrive by 5.00pm on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at the address below.
  • Postal and proxy vote application forms are available from Stroud District Council's website at: www.stroud.gov.uk/elections or you can call our helpline on 01453 754886 or email elections@stroud.gov.uk to request an application form.

Tags: Communication, Council, Future Dursley, Neighbourhood Development Plan, Referendum 2018