Hopes that Rye’s Neighbourhood Plan could be voted on in a referendum coinciding with local town and district elections on May 2 have faded away.
But the town council have prepared a leaflet for a referendum setting out the plan’s aims which, if agreed by the referendum, would then have to be taken into account when any developments for the town were proposed.
Late last week the independent examiner (part of the legal process to put a plan in place) only raised one query on the plan with the town council, but the ball is now in Rother District Council’s (RDC) court as it has to consider the plan in light of the examiner’s final report and organise a referendum.
It is possible however that the referendum might be held to coincide with elections for the European Parliament due May 26.
However uncertainty may well continue as a result of decisions made, or not made, at the European leaders’ summit this week, talks between the Prime Minister and the Labour Party (if they continue) , and any consequential votes in the British Parliament.
It is possible therefore that the referendum on Rye’s Neighbourhood Plan might be held instead in conjunction with –
* a general election, if one happens
* or a second referendum on Brexit, or its terms
In the meantime the RDC’s officers and the Sussex resilience forum will continue to meet weekly, if not daily, to review what impact decisions made in Brussels, or London, may have on our day to day lives – and forward plans, like holidays.
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