Almost 80% of Kidderminster residents have voted in favour of Kidderminster having a Town Council.
Anyone registered to vote and living in the town was able to vote on the question “Should Kidderminster have a town council?” 18,264 voted Yes (79.1%) and 4,668 voted No (20.2%). There was a turnout of 53.3% in this Local Advisory Poll which took place on Thursday 7 May - the same day as the Parliamentary and District Council elections. Votes were counted today (Monday 11 May) at the Town Hall in Kidderminster.
The Local Advisory Poll was organised by Wyre Forest District Council as part of a Community Governance Review.
Councillor Marcus Hart, the Leader of the Council, said “I welcome the clear outcome of this Local Advisory Poll. The residents of Kidderminster have been able to voice their opinion on whether or not they want a town council. This is an important issue which would change the way their town is governed.
“The District Council will now take the next steps in the community governance review, following the wider consultation process that finishes at the end of June. The final decision on the way forward will be taken by Wyre Forest District Councillors on Wednesday 29 July.”
If created, Kidderminster Town Council would replace the Charter Trustees and the Councillors would be directly elected by residents in Kidderminster.
More details about the Community Governance Review and Local Advisory Poll including why it was held, and what a town council could mean for residents and the town is available on the Council’s website www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk.
More details about the Community Governance Review and Local Advisory Poll including why it is taking place, and what a town council could mean for residents and the town is available on the Council’s website www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/elections.