68% of residents vote “Yes” in referendum on setting up London’s first parish council since 1963.
Queen’s Park residents in north Westminster have voted “Yes” in a referendum on setting up a Community Council for the area. The new Community Council will be the first of its kind since 1963, when parish councils were abolished to form the Greater London Council.
The result of the referendum was announced by Mike More, Chief Executive of Westminster City Council on Monday 28 May at a public meeting at Marylebone Town Hall.
The referendum showed that 1,100 local people (68%) voted in support of the Community Council, which will be funded by a precept added to council tax bills. The turnout was around 20%.
The first councillors will be elected in May 2014 on the same date as other local elections.
Angela Singhate, who chairs the group of residents who have campaigned for the new council for two years, said “What a great result. The campaign group has been confident all along that a Community Council is the way forward for Queen’s Park and this result demonstrates that we have the backing of the wider community. The journey towards establishing a parish council here in north Westminster continues.”
Read more on the Campaign for a Queen’s Park Community Council website
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