The Parish Poll on parking in Uckfield High Street cost the town council nearly £4,500.
Townspeople went to the Civic Centre to vote on March 12 when they were asked: Do you support the removal of current on-street parking provision in Uckfield High Street.
The poll, known locally as a referendum, saw an overwelming “no” vote. See the report here.
Last night (August 24) members of the town council’s general purposes committee agreed to take the cost of the poll – £4,476.83 – from council reserves.
The “bill” for the poll came from Wealden District Council, which is the electoral authority for the district.
Costs were apportioned under the following headings:
Ballot paper printing £625.50
Other printing – notices etc £80.00
Other postage £40.00
Polling station hire £258.30
Counting station hire £0.00
Presiding officer (PO) fees £332.50
Poll clerk (PC) fees £399.00
PO and PC travel £148.55
Mobile phone £20.00
Count supervisor (CS) fees £100.00
Count assistant (CA) fees £300.00
CS and CA travel £45.90
Clerical fee £716.04
Returning officer (RO) fee £448.35
RO superannuation £85.19
Payment to district council – support cost £687.50.
There were 11,669 people entitled to vote and the cost of the poll was 38p per elector.