Westminster Council cabinet votes to give residents final say over historic parish council proposals.
At a meeting held at Westminster City Hall on 16 April, Westminster Council’s cabinet voted in favour of holding a referendum in Queen’s Park to give residents their say on proposals to set up a parish council in the area – the first in London for over fifty years.
Around 8,000 residents in Queen’s Park are expected to participate in the independently run referendum, which is due to take place in May 2012. A final decision on the Queen’s Park parish council will be taken in June 2012.
The decision follows a four-month Community Governance Review, which was held by the council in response to the receipt of a petition containing 2,181 signatures seeking the creation of a community council in Queen’s Park last year.
The Campaign for a Queen’s Park Community Council has pledged to go door-to-door in the area, to encourage residents to take part in this important referendum. “The decision now rests in the hands of the community,” says the Campaign.
Speaking today, the Deputy Leader for Westminster City Council, Cllr Robert Davis said:
“The council is excited by the idea of localism and devolving powers down to local people. However, before making such a significant decision, we want to ensure that the proposals for Queen’s Park have the clear support of residents who will be asked to pay an additional levy for a parish council. Holding a referendum will enable all residents to have their say. I look forward to the results of the referendum.”
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