Voting in East Riding boundary referendum draws to a close

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Residents are being reminded that they only have a few days left if they want to have their say on the future of East Riding’s boundaries.

Eligible voters in 12 East Riding parishes bordering Hull have been sent ballot papers to take part in a boundary referendum being run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Voters are being asked whether they want their parish to be included in an expanded city of Hull and have until the end of Friday 26 September to return their ballot papers.

Ballot papers can be returned via a freepost address or they can be placed in ballot boxes at designated sites such as customer service centres and libraries.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is holding the referendum in response to Hull City Council’s announcement earlier this year that it was looking at options to expand its boundaries.

Hull City Council then set up a commission of inquiry to look at the possibilities for change.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I would urge everyone who has been sent a ballot paper to make their voice heard on this important issue.

“We have been criticised by Hull City Councillors for holding this referendum but we believe it is right and proper to have a democratic process and to let our residents have a say on whether they want to be part of the East Riding or Hull.

“Hull City Council has not once consulted us about its plans. It is a hostile land-grab and I hope East Riding residents send out a resounding no to becoming part of an expanded Hull.”

People who live in the rest of the East Riding have also been given the chance to have their say on the issue of possible boundary change via a consultation form which was published in September’s edition of the Your East Riding magazine.

Those consultation forms also have to be returned by Friday 26 September and can be returned via a freepost address.

The parishes involved in the boundary referendum are: Anlaby with Anlaby Common, Bilton, Cottingham, Elloughton-cum-Brough, Hedon, Hessle, Kirk Ella, North Ferriby, Preston, Swanland, Welton and Willerby.

The results of the referendum will be announced on Monday, 29 September.