Bedfordshire & River Ivel Internal Drainage Board Election 2018
Notice of ‘No Poll’
The Land Drainage Act 1991 Schedule 1, paragraph 4, provides that the qualification for membership of an Internal Drainage Board shall be as follows: –
(1) A person shall not be qualified for election as a member of an internal drainage board unless they are: –
(a) both the owner and the occupier of not less than four hectares of land in respect of which a drainage rate may be levied by the Board and which is situated in the electoral district of which they are a candidate for election: or
(b) the occupier, whether under tenancies of year to year or otherwise, of not less than eight hectares of such land as aforesaid, or
(c) the occupier of land which is of an assessable value of £30 or upwards and is situated in the electoral district for which they are a candidate for election; or
(d) a person nominated as a candidate for election by the person (whether an individual or a body or persons) who is both the owner and occupier of land which:-
(i) is situated in the electoral district in question; and
(ii) is either of not less than four hectares in extent or of an assessable value of £30 or upwards.
(2) A person shall not be qualified for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) above as being an occupier of any land or, as being the owner and occupier of any land or a person nominated by the owner and occupier of any land, if at the date of the election any amount demanded in respect of any drainage rate levied on that land has remained unpaid for more than one month.
(3) In sub paragraph (1) above, the reference to the assessable value of any land is a reference to the amount which for the purposes of any drainage rate levied at the relevant date would be annual value of the land.,
(4) In this paragraph “the relevant date” means the date as at which the qualifications of candidates for the election in question are determined in accordance with rules made under paragraph 1 above.
Under the Land Drainage (Election of Drainage Boards Regulations 1938, as amended by the Land Drainage (Election of Internal Drainage Boards (Amendment) Regulations 1977, the value of land for the purpose of determining whether a candidate at an election is or is not duly qualified is the value thereof on the first day of the month of April proceeding the election, as entered in the register of electors as approved by the Internal Drainage Board.