Democracy coming to a Parish near you?

September 21, 2007 10:47 AM

BallotWe reported recently on the local parish referendum down in Devon on the EU referendum, and the results are in.  Ninety percent voted in favour of holding a referendum on the EU constitution and now other parishes are looking to hold their own local polls on the EU constitution.


Just think what this could be extended to.  We could have local parish votes on the parish precept, for instance, or even rates of council tax and local budgets.  Up and down the country local campaign groups can lobby and bring democracy back to the local level.  We already have our activists, who sit on Parish councils, planning motions calling for lower council tax.  Why not use these local referenda as a way to advance the low tax cause?  Please use the comments section to put your ideas on what we can push for local referenda on.  I’d be glad to hear what you think…

BallotWe reported recently on the local parish referendum down in Devon on the EU referendum, and the results are in.  Ninety percent voted in favour of holding a referendum on the EU constitution and now other parishes are looking to hold their own local polls on the EU constitution.


Just think what this could be extended to.  We could have local parish votes on the parish precept, for instance, or even rates of council tax and local budgets.  Up and down the country local campaign groups can lobby and bring democracy back to the local level.  We already have our activists, who sit on Parish councils, planning motions calling for lower council tax.  Why not use these local referenda as a way to advance the low tax cause?  Please use the comments section to put your ideas on what we can push for local referenda on.  I’d be glad to hear what you think…

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