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Liberal Democrat Councillors force Mayoral Referendum vote on 22 October


At Torbay Council`s meeting in September, Conservative - controlled Torbay Council withdrew the item on holding a mayoral referendum to abolish the mayoral system. The following day Liberal Democrat Councillors on Torbay Council lodged a motion forcing the Council to hold a vote on holding a mayoral referendum at the next Full Council on 22 October 2015.

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Torbay Council, Steve Darling, said, “We have sought guidance from senior officers at the Council and have lodged this motion to force the Council to hold a vote on running a referendum. The Liberal Democrats are backing the public’s demand for a committee system. We will be proposing a committee system that meets the needs of Torbay but is affordable.”

Cllr Chris Carter, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, who is seconding the motion, said, “Since the meeting, a number of people have approached me concerned that the conservatives are trying to kick this into the long grass. We will not let this happen.”

The Notice of Motion is as follows:

Governance

22 October 2015

This council notes that following the decision of Council on 23 July 2015, for the consultation results on the future form of governance to be considered at the September 2015 Council meeting that this did not occur. This motion is to ensure that the referendum is on the agenda for the next council meeting.

Council needs to consider the report that was on the agenda for the council meeting on 24 September 2015 titled Referendum on Future Forms of Governance which is annexed to this motion and determine to hold a referendum on the future form of governance on 5 May 2016 and further which of the different types of governance, as set out below should be included in the referendum:

Question 1

How would you like Torbay Council to be run?

By a Mayor who is elected by voters. This is how the Council is run now.

OR

By a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected counci-lors. This would be a change from how the Council is run now.

OR

Question 2

How would you like Torbay Council to be run?

By a Mayor who is elected by voters. This is how the Council is run now.

OR

By one or more committees made up of elected councillors. This would be a change from how the Council is run now.

Further Council should determine that the Assistant Director – Corporate and Business Ser-vices be authorised to prepare and publicise proposals on the form of governance to be in-cluded in the referendum, in accordance with legislation and in consultation with the Mayor and Group Leaders.

Proposed: Councillor Darling

Seconder: Councillor Carter

Ends

Contact Steve Darling 07443425503

Chris Carter 07703209305


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