Residents vote to keep the current Elected Mayor system

Voters in North Tyneside have decided to retain the current Elected Mayor and Cabinet system.

Friday, 6th May 2016, 6:10 am
Updated Friday, 6th May 2016, 7:15 am
Quadrant, North Tyneside Council at Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside. REF 2602156943

In a referendum held on Thursday, electors were asked to decide how North Tyneside Council is governed in the future.

They were asked if they wanted the current Mayor system, elected by voters, or one or more committees made up of elected councillors.

And a total of 57.5 per cent of residents voted in favour of keeping the current system of having an Elected Mayor and Cabinet.

In a turnout out of 56,605 (36.6 percent), 32,546 people voted in favour of a Mayor with 23,703 voting to change it.

Following this result, North Tyneside Council will continue with the Elected Mayor and Cabinet Model of governance and a further Mayoral election will take place on May 4, 2017.

North Tyneside Council adopted the Mayor and Cabinet model form of governance in May 2002 following a referendum held on 18 November 2001.

Current Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted with this result; it is a judgment on the last three years when we have achieved so much – regeneration in Whitley Bay and Wallsend, 14,000 more jobs and apprenticeships as well as the building of council homes.

“Before I was elected, I promised residents I would hold a referendum to let them decide on how their council would be run in the future.

“I am pleased to say that this result is the people’s decision, this is real democracy.”

Local ward councillor and police and crime commissioner elections were also held in North Tyneside yesterday and will be counted and announced later today (Friday).

Full results will be available on the council’s website