Postal ballot papers, sent to nearly 29,000 homes in the unparished area of Ramsgate, asking if ‘they want a Parish Council for Ramsgate’ have been counted.
The referendum, which asked the question “Do you want a Parish Council for Ramsgate”, had been organised in response to a petition presented to Thanet District Council, calling for the creation of a Parish Council for the non-parish areas of Ramsgate.
Nearly 12,000 ballot papers were returned to Thanet District Council, which amounted to a turnout of 41.06%. The count, which took place over two days, revealed 58.47% in favour of a Parish council and 40.8% against.
Those who were eligible to take part in the referendum were those who were registered to vote on 1 September in the following wards:
• Central Harbour
• Cliffsend and Pegwell (excluding the existing Cliffsend Parish Council area)
• Sir Moses Montefiore
The next steps of the referendum will be the presentation of report to a meeting of Full Council later this month (Thursday 23 November) with a recommendation that a report setting out Thanet District Council’s position on the creation of a Parish Council for Ramsgate be submitted to the Secretary of State.