Views encouraged on Wyre council leadership
Published on Friday 1st October 2010
Residents are being asked for their views on the future leadership of Wyre Borough Council.
In order to comply with existing legislation, local authorities nationwide have until 31 December to decide whether they want to govern with a new style leader and cabinet or a mayor directly elected by the public.
A council report earlier this month indicated that the preferred option for Wyre would be a leader and cabinet, as the model is virtually identical to existing arrangements.
However, before the final decision is made, the council would like to know what its residents think.
Views can be expressed online in a matter of minutes at www.wyrebc.gov.uk/Find/LeaderOrMayor or put in writing to The Democratic Services and Scrutiny Manager, Wyre Borough Council, Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, FY6 7PU.
All comments will be considered before the matter is decided by full council on 2 December. The chosen option is due to come into effect in Wyre after the borough council elections in May 2011.
As a basic guide to help people make an informed choice, both options would result in a person taking charge for four years and appointing their own cabinet. He or she would be able to carry out the council's executive functions, including making important decisions on budgets and policies. These functions could also be delegated to the cabinet, individual cabinet members, a committee or an official of the council.
The main difference between the two options is that a leader is chosen by local councillors, while an elected mayor is voted for by the public and cannot be removed by the council.
The role of a civic mayor for ceremonial purposes is likely to continue, although the title would change to make it clear that their was no executive or political power.
Although, the coalition government has indicated that new legislation will be introduced to change local government decision making in the future, but in the interim councils are still required to decide which of the two options they prefer.
All comments received by Friday 19 November will be considered.
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