Views sought on future of Elected Mayor system

North Tyneside Council.
North Tyneside Council.

Residents are to be asked for their views on the future of the Elected Mayoral system.

Cabinet members at North Tyneside Council have agreed that councillors will be asked at the Full Council meeting in January if the authority should hold a referendum on the council’s governance.

If it goes ahead, the referendum would ask residents to decide whether the current Elected Mayor and Cabinet form of governance should stay or be replaced.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I have listened to residents who have asked us to hold a debate on the current system, and I have been very clear for some time that I am supportive of exploring a referendum on this issue.

“By holding a referendum, our residents will able to decide how they want their council to be governed, and whether the current Elected Mayor and Cabinet form should continue or whether residents would prefer a change from this model.”

If Members agree to hold a referendum, it would take place on Thursday, May 5, 2016, the same day as the Local elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Before the Full Council meeting in January, residents are being asked which alternative arrangements they would like to see on a ballot paper alongside the option to retain the Elected Mayoral system, if a referendum was to go ahead.

There are two alternatives to the current system, and if the Council decides to hold a referendum they will need to decide which alternative model to have on the ballot paper.

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