Proposed Business Improvement District for Darlington Town Centre 2017 to 2022

Ballot results

Notice of Ballot

Proposed business improvement district for Darlington town centre 2017 to 2022

This is to give notice that a ballot is to be held on the proposal of Distinct Darlington Ltd. to introduce a Business Improvement District (BID) for Darlington Town Centre 2017 to 2022. You should have received a copy of the BI Proposal Document from the BID Promoter, Distinct Darlington Ltd.

The ballot will be conducted entirely by post by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services of 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW. Ballot Papers will be sent to those eligible to vote on Thursday 9 February 2017 for return to them by no later than 5pm on Thursday 9 March 2017 (the “day of the ballot”).

Who can Vote in the BID Ballot?

Persons eligible to vote in the ballot will be the non-domestic ratepayer listed on the Council’s database for each hereditament (business premise) situated in the geographical area of the proposed BID as at the date of this Notice. Each person entitled to vote in this ballot shall have one vote in respect of each hereditament occupied or (if unoccupied) owned by them in the geographical area of the proposed BID.

Appointment of Proxy

Persons eligible to vote in the BID ballot may appoint someone else to vote on their behalf (for example, if you are going to be away at the time of the ballot). Applications to appoint a proxy must be submitted to Electoral Reform Services at the above address no later than 5pm on Monday 27 February 2017. An application for the appointment of a proxy must be made in writing and:

  1. state the full name and address of the person whom the person entitled to vote (the applicant) wishes to appoint as a proxy;
  2. state the address of the applicant’s hereditament or hereditaments;
  3. be signed by the applicant; and
  4. contain a statement by the applicant that the proxy so named has been consulted and is capable and willing to be appointed.

A proxy appointment may be cancelled by notifying ERS at the address above no later than 5pm on Saturday 4 March 2017.

Lost Ballot Papers

If a ballot paper has not been received by Friday 3 March 2017 you may apply to ERS for a replacement paper in writing as follows:

  1. A letter in hardcopy form along with the appropriate ‘evidence of identity’.
  2. A scan of both the letter and the ‘evidence of identity’ attached to an email.
  3. A fax copy of both the letter and the ‘evidence of identity’.

The letter should be addressed to The Independent Scrutineer, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW. The letter must be signed by the Eligible Voter and evidence of the voter’s identity must be provided in the form of one of the following:

  1. Signed Letterhead for the appropriate company
  2. A signed photocopy of the National Non-Domestic Rating Bill for the hereditament
  3. A signed photocopy of an item of personal ID such as a Passport or Driving Licence.

Please do not send original copies of ID or Bills.

Spoilt Ballot Papers

If you inadvertently spoil your ballot paper in such a manner that it cannot be conveniently used as a ballot paper, please return it to Electoral Reform Services (address overleaf).

On receipt of the spoilt ballot paper, Electoral Reform Services will issue a replacement. No replacements can be issued if the spoilt ballot paper is received by Electoral Reform Services later than three working days before the day of the ballot.

Count of Ballot Papers

Ballot papers will be counted on Friday 10 March 2017 and the result of the ballot will be announced shortly after. For a BID ballot to be successful there must be a majority of those voting in favour of the proposal, and those voting in favour must represent a majority of the aggregate rateable value of the hereditaments voting.

Rejected Ballot Papers

If a ballot paper is duplicated and two are returned bearing the same number or barcode both will be void and not counted. Any ballot papers that are returned unsigned, unmarked or that are void for uncertainty will also be void and not counted.

Declaring the result

The ballot result will declare:

  1. the total number of valid votes cast
  2. the total aggregate rateable value of valid votes cast
  3. the total number of valid votes cast in favour of the BID
  4. the total aggregate rateable value of valid votes in favour of the BID
  5. and if applicable: the total number of ballot papers rejected

For the BID Ballot to be successful there must be:

  1. A majority in favour of the BID in the number of those voting
  2. A majority in favour of the BID in the proportion of rateable value of those voting

Declaration of Result

Local Government Act 2003

Business Improvement Districts (England) Regulations 2004

Business Improvement District for Darlington Town Centre 2017 to 2022

Declaration of result - 10 March 2017

I, Ada Burns, as the Returning Officer and ballot holder for the Business Improvement District for Darlington Town Centre 2017 to 2022, certify as follows:

Total number of votes cast in the ballot, excluding any given on ballot papers rejected 253 
Aggregate rateable value of each hereditament in respect of which a person voted in the ballot  £11,237,800
Total number of votes cast in favour of the Business Improvement District for Darlington Town Centre 2017 to 2022 126 
Aggregate rateable value of each hereditament in respect of which a person voting in the ballot has voted in favour of the Business Improvement District for Darlington Town Centre 2017 to 2022 £6,146,050 

I hereby declare that the proposal to establish a Business Improvement District for Darlington Town Centre 2017 to 2022 has not been approved. A majority of the Business ratepayers in the proposed BID area who voted, voted against the proposal, but not by the aggregate rateable value.

Ada Burns
Returning Officer and Ballot Holder

Notes:

The total number of ballot papers rejected was as follows:

4 unsigned, unmarked or void for uncertainty

Total: 4

Ada Burns
Returning Officer and Ballot Holder
Darlington Borough Council, Town Hall, Darlington, DL1 5QT

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