Two parishes in the Grantham area are going to the polls next Thursday to vote on neighbourhood plans - the first referendums of their kind to be held in South Kesteven.
Referendums for residents of Hough on the Hill and Stubton will be taking place on Thursday, July 2, organised by South Kesteven District Council.
Both parishes have prepared neighbourhood plans which require a ‘yes’ vote by a minimum of 51 per cent of those voting in order to be adopted as part of the South Kesteven Local Plan.
These two referendums are the closing stage in the lengthy process of preparing neighbourhood plans. The referendums give local people the final say on whether they wish to see the plans formally adopted by SKDC and used by them in the determination of future planning applications.
Roger Kingscott, chairman of Hough on the Hill Parish Council, said: “We are very excited to be finally at the referendum stage for our neighbourhood plan.
“After all the positive consultation and input from local residents we are very keen to encourage people to come and vote. All registered voters have been sent polling cards and the polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm, just like a normal election.”
Chairman of Stubton Parish Council, Hugh Wilson, added: ”Our proposed plan, if adopted, will ensure that for the first time local people have meaningful, statutory input to planning decisions.
“We are delighted to be leading the way here in South Kesteven and would like to thank all our residents who have responded so positively during the consultation stages. Now is the time to vote so that all the hard work can come to fruition.”