GRAHAM STUART, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, is urging constituents in Hedon, Preston and Bilton to vote against a proposal to extend the boundary of Hull City Council that would see the parishes moved from East Riding of Yorkshire Council to Hull City Council.
Residents of the affected parishes have been given a chance to have their say on the proposal in a referendum that has been organised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to ensure the views of local people are taken into account by the independent commission, set up by Hull City Council.
The ballot papers for the referendum were sent to all registered local government electors in the selected parishes at the beginning of September and must be returned by 4pm, Friday, 26th September 2014.
Mr Stuart said, “I’m very disappointed to see Hull City Council pushing forward with this proposal yet again; there has been a good working relationship between Hull and East Riding over the past few years and nonsense like this will jeopardise trust between the two authorities. East Riding of Yorkshire Council have had no input on this proposal.
“This is not the first time we have seen a proposal of this nature from Hull City Council but it is the first time that residents will have a chance to have their say on the matter.
“A referendum is a curious tool of direct democracy that can create the wrong message entirely if there is not a good return rate; I encourage all of my constituents who live in Hedon, Preston and Bilton to exercise their right to vote in this referendum and give Hull City Council a very clear message about what they can do with their proposal.”
Photo: Graham Stuart MP, with Hedon Mayor and ‘Hands Off!” campaign leader Cllr. John Dennis, Hedon Mayoress Jennifer Dennis, Cllr. Mike Bryan.