Residents are heading to the polling stations next week to decide whether North Tyneside should keep an Elected Mayor.
A referendum on the future of how North Tyneside is governed is just one of three votes taking place on Thursday, May 5 – with residents being reminded to cast their vote in all three.
North Tyneside has been governed by an elected mayor since 2002, and the position is currently held by Norma Redfearn.
The elected mayor is voted on by the whole of the North Tyneside electors.
The role is to be the council’s principal public spokesperson, set political direction to the council and they appoint a cabinet and deputy mayor to work with them.
And next week, voters will be asked whether this continues or changes to a committee system (with a leader).
The appointment of the leader and the chairs of the committee are decided by councillors.
Decisions are taken by the committees which are made up of a number of councillors depending on the size of the political group.
If the referendum results in a change, it will take effect from the end of the current elected mayor’s term of office, in May 2017.
Alternatively, if the outcome is to support the current system, the next mayoral election will take place on May 4, 2017.
Also next week, voters in North Tyneside will take to the polls to choose their local ward councillor and the police and crime commissioner for the Northumbria Police area (see page 47 for more information) – and the council recently released the lists of candidates and they are available to view on its website.
Ahead of the elections, Viv Geary, Returning Officer for North Tyneside Council said: “We’re getting very close to polling day now, so we want to make sure that everyone knows what the three votes are for, and how easy it is to take part and cast their vote.
“Anyone looking for more information will likely find the answer to their questions on the council’s website and they can get in touch with our team if they have any other queries.”
Details of polling stations, the full list of candidates and frequently asked questions about the mayoral referendum are available at www.northtyneside.gov.uk
Alternatively, call the elections team on (0191) 643 2270.