LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2003
BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2004
NOTICE OF BALLOT
BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT RENEWAL SKIPTON
This is to give notice that a ballot is to be held on the proposal to renew the Business Improvement District (BID) for Skipton for a period of five years.
The ballot will be conducted entirely by post by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services of
33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW. Ballot papers will be sent to those eligible to vote on Monday, 7th January 2019 for return to them by no later than 5pm on Thursday, 7th February 2019 (the “day of the ballot”).
Who can vote in the BID Ballot?
Persons eligible to vote in the ballot will be the non-domestic ratepayer listed on the Council’s database for each hereditament (business premise) situated in the geographical area of the proposed BID as at the date of this Notice. Each person entitled to vote in this ballot shall have one vote in respect of each hereditament occupied or (if unoccupied) owned by them in the geographical area of the proposed BID.
Appointment of a Proxy
Persons eligible to vote in the BID ballot may appoint someone else to vote on their behalf (for example, if they are going to be away at the time of the ballot). Applications to appoint a proxy must be submitted to Electoral Reform Services at the above address no later than Monday, 28th January 2019. An application for the appointment of a proxy must be made in writing and:
- state the full name and address of the person whom the person entitled to vote (the applicant) wishes to appoint as a proxy;
- state the address(es) of the applicant’s hereditament or hereditaments;
- be signed by the applicant; and
- contain a statement by the applicant that the proxy so named has been consulted and is capable and willing to be appointed.
A proxy appointment may be cancelled by notifying ERS at the above address no later than Saturday, 2nd February 2019.
Lost Ballot Papers
If a ballot paper has not been received by Friday, 1st February 2019 you may apply to ERS for a replacement paper in writing by supplying ONE of the following:
- A letter in hard copy form along with the appropriate ‘evidence of identity’; or
- A scan of both the letter and the ‘evidence of identity’ attached to an email; or
- A fax copy of both the letter and the ‘evidence of identity’.
The letter should be addressed to The Independent Scrutineer, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London
N8 0NW. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com. The letter must be signed by the Eligible Voter and evidence of the voter’s identity must be provided in the form of ONE of the following:
- A signed Letterhead for the appropriate company; or
- A signed photocopy of the National Non-Domestic Rating Bill for the hereditament; or
- A signed photocopy of an item of personal ID such as a Passport or Driving Licence.
Please do not send original copies of ID or Bills.
Spoilt Ballot Papers
If you inadvertently spoil your ballot paper in such a manner that it cannot be conveniently used as a ballot paper, please return it to Electoral Reform Services (address overleaf). On receipt of the spoilt ballot paper, Electoral Reform Services will issue a replacement. No replacements can be issued if the spoilt ballot paper is received by Electoral Reform Services later than three working days before the day of the ballot.
Count of Ballot Papers
Ballot papers will be counted on Friday, 8th February 2019, and the result of the ballot will be announced shortly after.
For a BID ballot to be successful there must be a majority of those voting in favour of the proposal, and those voting in favour must represent a majority of the aggregate rateable value of the hereditaments voting.
Rejected Ballot Papers
If a ballot paper is duplicated and two are returned bearing the same number or barcode both will be void and not counted. Any ballot papers that are returned unsigned, unmarked or that are void for uncertainty will also be void and not counted.
Declaring the result
The ballot result will declare:
- the total number of valid votes cast;
- the total aggregate rateable value of valid votes cast;
- the total number of valid votes cast in favour of the BID;
- the total aggregate rateable value of valid votes in favour of the BID; and
- if applicable, the total number of ballot papers rejected.
For the BID Ballot to be successful there must be:
- A majority in favour of the BID in the number of those voting; and
- A majority in favour of the BID in the proportion of rateable value of those voting.
Further details of the BID Proposal
If you require further information on the BID, please contact Geraldine Thompson | 01756 799033 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, information on the BID is available from https://skiptonbid.com/
17 December 2018