Renfrewshire Council

Renewal of Business Improvement District for Paisley town centre

This is to give notice that a renewal ballot is to be held on the proposal of Paisley First to continue operating the Business Improvement District (BID) for Paisley Town Centre for a further five years (2020-2025).

PLANNING etc (SCOTLAND) ACT 2006
BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2007
NOTICE OF BALLOT
RENEWAL OF BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FOR PAISLEY TOWN CENTRE

The ballot will be conducted entirely by post on behalf of the ballot holder, Sandra Black, Returning Officer, Renfrewshire Council, by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services (ERS) of 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW. Ballot papers will be sent to those eligible to vote by no later than Thursday 12 September 2019 for return by no later than 5pm on Thursday 24 October 2019 (the "day of the ballot").

Who can vote in the BID ballot?

Persons eligible to vote in the ballot will be the non-domestic ratepayers listed on the Council's database for each property (business premise) situated in the geographical area of the proposed BID.

Each person entitled to vote in this ballot shall have one vote in respect of each property occupied or (if unoccupied) owned by them in the geographical area of the proposed BID geographical area of the proposed BID.

Appointment of a Proxy

Persons eligible to vote in the BID ballot may appoint someone else to vote on their behalf (for example, if they are going to be away at the time of the ballot). Applications to appoint a proxy must be submitted to the Returning Officer at the above address no later than 5pm on Monday 14 October 2019. An application for the appointment of a proxy must be made in writing and:

  • state the full name and address of the person whom the person entitled to vote (the applicant) wishes to appoint as a proxy;
  • state the address of the applicant's property or properties;
  • must be signed by the applicant; and
  • must 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 5 pm on Saturday 19 October 2019.

Lost Ballot Papers

If a ballot paper has not been received by Tuesday 15 October 2019 you may apply to ERS for a replacement paper in writing by supplying ONE of the following:

  • a letter in hard copy form along with the appropriate "evidence of identity";
  • a scan of both the letter and the "evidence of identity" attached to an email; or
  • 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. Alternatively, you can email bids@elctoralreform.co.uk. 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:

  • a signed Letterhead for the appropriate company;or
  • a signed photocopyof the National Non- Domestic Rating Bill for the property; or
  • a signed photocopy of an item of personal ID such as a Passportor 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 the Electoral Reform Service (address above). 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 25 October 2019, and the result of the ballot will be announced within seven days.

For a BID ballot to be successful there must be a minimum of 25% turnout of eligible business in the area both by number and aggregate rateable value. Of those voting there needs to be a majority of 50% or more in favour both by number and by combined rateable value of the properties 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 holder shall certify:

  • the total number of votes cast in the ballot excluding any votes given on ballot papers rejected under the conditions above;
  • the aggregate rateable value of each relevant property in respect of which a person voted in the ballot;
  • the total number of votes cast in favour of the question asked in the ballot;
  • the total number of votes cast against the question asked in the ballot;
  • the aggregate rateable value of each relevant property in respect of which a person voting in the ballot has voted in favour of the question asked; and
  • the aggregate rateable value of each relevant property in respect of which a person voting in the ballot has voted against the question asked.

For the BID ballot to be successful there must be:

  • a majority in favour of the BID in the number of those voting; and
  • a majority in favour of the BID in the proportion of rateable value of those voting.

Further details of the BID Proposal

If you require further information on the BID, please contact Natalie McShane:

Alternatively, information on the BID is available from Paisley First.

 

Sandra Black
Returning Officer
Renfrewshire House
Cotton Street
Paisley
PA1 1WB
Ballot holder

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