East Riding of Yorkshire Council has confirmed that electors will vote on two separate questions in a postal referendum in September.
Hull City Council resolved on 20 March 2014 to establish a Commission of Inquiry to review what it sees as its restrictive administrative boundaries to determine their extent and potential solutions, including boundary extension.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council debated the issue at its full meeting on 2 April 2014 and resolved, unanimously, to strongly resist any attempts by the city council to expand its administrative boundaries into the East Riding and to hold a referendum in some areas of the East Riding, which may be potentially affected by any such review.
Ballot papers will be sent out to eligible electors in the parishes of Anlaby with Anlaby Common, Bilton, Cottingham, Elloughton-cum-Brough, Hedon, Hessle, Kirk Ella, North Ferriby, Preston, Welton, WIllerby and Swanland on 8 September to be returnable by 26 September. The count will take place on 29 September with the result to be announced shortly after.
As well as setting the time frame for the referendum, the council has agreed the format of the two separate questions that will be asked, though exact wording is still to be confirmed.
The first question is whether or not voters want to remain in the East Riding or be included in an expansion of the city of Hull.
The second question is whether or not voters support a relaxation of the council’s present approach of maintaining open green space between the built up area of the city of Hull and surrounding town and villages, which contribute to the unique character of such areas, and allow new development to occur.
Any expansion of the city council’s boundaries into the East Riding could only take place following an order by the Secretary of State based on a recommendation from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
The Commission would consult local people and organisations to get their views before making any recommendations.
More details about the referendum will be announced in the autumn edition of Your East Riding, which will be distributed in the first week of September, and nearer the time on the council’s website at www.eastriding.gov.uk and also via the media.