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Electoral history to be made in Much Wenlock

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Shropshire’s first ever neighbourhood plan referendum will take place in Much Wenlock on Thursday 22 May 2014.

Poll cards are being sent to about 2,300 electors in the Much Wenlock parish, giving them the right to vote on whether the neighbourhood plan should be formally adopted as planning policy or not.

The question being posed in the referendum is: “Do you want Shropshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.”

Supporting information can be viewed on the Shropshire Council website at: http://shropshire.gov.uk/democracy/voting-and-elections/much-wenlock-neighbourhood-plan-referendum/

The information is also available at the following places:

  • Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Mondays to Fridays during office hours.
  • Much Wenlock Library, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 1pm, and 2pm to 6pm, and Saturdays from 9.30am to 1pm.
  • Much Wenlock Town Council offices, Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 12pm.

Claire Porter, counting officer for the referendum, said:

“We would urge everyone to use their democratic right and take the opportunity to vote. But in order to vote, you need to be on the Register of Electors, so if you are not registered you won’t be able to have your say.

“The deadline for registering to vote is Tuesday 6 May 2014, and you can contact the Shropshire Council elections team on 0345 678 9015 if you are unsure whether you are registered or not.

“People can also apply for a postal vote up until 5pm on 7 May 2014, and the deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on 14 May 2014.”

For more information email elections@shropshire.gov.uk or call 0345 678 9015.

The Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan referendum takes place on the same day as the European election, which is being held in the UK on Thursday 22 May 2014.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm across Shropshire, with people living in the Much Wenlock parish being able to vote in the neighbourhood plan referendum as well as the European election.

Shropshire, along with 29 other council areas which make up the West Midlands region, is due to elect seven MEPs to represent the region.

For more information about the European election, visit the Shropshire Council website here: http://shropshire.gov.uk/democracy/voting-and-elections/european-election-2014/