Villagers to vote on Backwell Future

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 February 2015

Villagers head to polling stations to vote on neighbourhood plan.

Villagers head to polling stations to vote on neighbourhood plan.


VILLAGERS in Backwell are being given the chance to vote on their neighbourhood plan at a referendum tomorrow (Thursday).

Over the past four years Backwell Parish Council, its steering group and Backwell Residents’ Association has worked tirelessly to produce Backwell Future, which lays out the community’s aspirations for their village up to 2026.

If residents support the plan at the referendum it will become the basis for planning and development control decisions.

The plan provides for appropriate new development which is not large scale.

Backwell Parish Council chairman Bob Taylor said: “The community should not miss this golden opportunity to have its say about the future development of our village, and other proposals within the plan, by giving a resounding YES vote at the referendum ballot box.”

Voting is taking place in Backwell Parish Hall, Station Road, and Felton Village Hall, in West Lane, from 7am-10pm.

If the plan is agreed, Backwell will be the first village in North Somerset to have a neighbourhood plan.

Anyone who needs transport to a polling station can call Keith, chairman of Backwell Residents’ Association, on 01275 462908 or Geoff on 462627.

Villagers should have received a referendum poll card by post, but residents can still vote without one.

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