Mayoral system set for review

A CONSULTATION process that could lead to scrapping the borough’s controversial mayoral system is set to get underway.

A referendum could be held next May following the consultation process that is set to start on Monday and finish on December 19.

The matter was due to be discussed at today’s cabinet meeting where chief executive Rob Vincent was set to present the consultation documents.

The move comes after a motion put forward by Labour leader Coun Sandra Holland was backed, and £125,000 from council coffers was set aside to pay for the process.

In the agenda for today’s meeting the council is recommended to ask Mr vincent to prepare a report for the council meeting on January 19 setting out the outcome of the consultation with the electorate and other interested parties, before deciding whether to draw up proposals and proceed with a referendum.

The mayoral system was introduced in 2001 in the wake of the Donnygate council corruption scandal.

A referendum on whether to introduce the system was backed by 65 per cent, although only a quarter of the electorate voted.

Mayor Peter Davies, whose manifesto included a mayoral referendum. now opposes a vote mid-term and said residents would prefer reducing the number of councillors from 63 to 21.