Voters go to the polls in town referendum

YES4Winslow campaigners outside the polling station at Winslow Public Hall PNL-140724-101456001
YES4Winslow campaigners outside the polling station at Winslow Public Hall PNL-140724-101456001

Polling is under way in the Winslow Neighbourhood Plan referendum today, Thursday.

About 100 people had already attended the polling station at Winslow Public Hall by about 8.30am this morning, when a reporter dropped by, according to YES4Winslow representatives gathered outside.

YES4Winslow campaigner Roy van de Poll said voters included one heavily pregnant woman, who was at the door when it opened at 7am, who told him her baby was due today and she didn’t want anything to get in the way of her voting.

Campaigners are breathing a sigh of relief after a High Court hearing on Tuesday ruled the referendum could go ahead as planned.

Gladman Developments had taken out a High Court injunction in an attempt to prevent the referendum taking place.

After the Cheshire-based developers lodged a claim in Manchester, YES4Winslow campaigners and representatives of Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) undertook a 325-mile round trip to the High Court hearing on Tuesday.

Fifteen residents, clad in pink campaign T-shirts, set off in a minibus from Winslow at 6am to attend the hearing.

Mr Justice Stewart found against Gladman and awarded costs against the developers, who will have to foot the bill for AVDC’s legal costs.

The amount is yet to be determined.

As the campaigners celebrated with pink champagne after the hearing, YES4Winslow secretary Gaynor Richmond said: ”The support of the Winslow residents has been wonderful to see.

“Two rows of vivid pink T-shirts in court certainly grabbed the judge’s attention – it was quite a sight and is testament to the level of commitment of YES4Winslow campaigners. While Gladman had a team of six representatives in court, they were no match for AVDCs four legal-beagles, supported by willing campaigners.”

Gladman Developments did not wish to comment.

The polling station is open until 10pm and the result will be announced tomorrow.