A referendum is being held in Sidmouth, Sidford and Sidbury later this month to determine the level of support for the proposed Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan. Everyone eligible to take part is being urged to turn out on the day.
If a majority of participants vote for the plan, it will become part of the Development Plan for East Devon.
Sidmouth Town Council has put together the plan in consultation with the community. It includes policies that will influence how planning applications are determined until 2031. The plan is the culmination of more than three years’ work by volunteers in the local community.
The referendum will be held on September 19. It will ask voters to consider the following question: ‘”Do you want East Devon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Sidmouth to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if, on the day of the poll, he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election and if his or her qualifying address is in the referendum area.
All information relating to the referendum can be found on the district council’s website.
Referendum polling stations
Polling stations will be at: Dance Studio (by the Unitarian Church), May Terrace, Sidmouth; St Francis Hall, Bennetts Hill, Sidmouth; Primley United Reformed Church Hall, Primley Road, Sidmouth; St Teresa`s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth; Parish Room, Ridgeway, Sidbury; Sidford Social Hall, Byes Lane, Sidford; St Teresa`s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth; St Francis Hall, Bennetts Hill, Sidmouth.
A copy of the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan can be found here.
The district council is keen to encourage all residents eligible to vote in the area to take part in the referendum.
If the plan wins the public’s support, it will be the 17th neighbourhood plan to be adopted in East Devon. Together, they will take in more than 50 per cent of the district’s population.
Steering group congratulated
Councillor Bruce de Saram, Lead Councillor for Neighbourhood Planning, said: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group on reaching the referendum stage for their Neighbourhood Plan.
“The plan is the culmination of three years’ effort by local volunteers working alongside members of the town council and represents a genuine commitment to Sidmouth Parish’s future.
“The Steering Group should be applauded for engaging with a wide spectrum of age groups through extensive community consultation that included the establishment of a Young People’s Advisory Group. I hope that residents will read the Neighbourhood Plan and take their opportunity to influence the future of Sidmouth by voting at the referendum on the 19 September.”