Your Own Referendum
Many communities have a legal right to require their Local Council to hold a referndum on any local matter.
The right to hold a referendum applies to those living in Civic Parish Council areas in England or a Community Council in Wales.
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To hold a Local Referendum you decide on and draft a question that you want to put to the people.
At least 5 other residents must contact your Council about this.
Arrange a parish meeting and advertise it locally. At the meeting you must call a vote on the proposal to hold a Local Referendum on the proposed question.
At least 10 people, or a third of those who are at the meeting, must vote in favour, then go to your Local Council and submit your demand for a Local Referendum.
Note: Inform them you are invoking your right under part 3, schedule 12, paragraph 18, sub-paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Local Government Act of 1972, or if you live in Wales, refer to part 5, paragraph 34, sub-paragraphs 4 and 5.
The Local Council should contact you within a week, and the referendum has to take place between 14 and 25 days after you submit your request in the same way an election is held with Polling Stations etc.
You must publicise the Local Referendum yourselves.
The result is not legally binding on the Local Council but it can have important effects on Local Councils. For example Councils could not claim a survey revealed the majority was in favour of some action if the result of a refendum is the opposite.
For Further information contact:
The National Association of Local Councils
109 Great Russell Street
Tel: 020 7637 1865
Email: nalc AT nalc.gov.uk