Wyre Forest District Council is encouraging local residents to give their views about whether the council should move to “whole council elections” every four years.
If the change is agreed following consultation, elections for all 33 seats on the Council would be held in 2019 and every four years thereafter (2023, 2027 etc) instead of the present pattern of elections by thirds - which means that there are three sets of District Council elections in every four years.
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Marcus Hart, said:
“The Council’s administration is bringing this proposal forward so that we can consider the arguments for and against changing the electoral arrangements. There would be significant financial savings if the District Council held elections every four years, and it would bring it into line with the county council and parish and town councils.
“When we have consulted the public about this issue in the past, there has been very strong support for change and the Council’s administration is in a position now to deliver it. However it is a legal requirement that the Council consults before deciding whether to change the electoral arrangements, and my colleagues and I will want to hear what local people have to say.”
A short on-line survey is available here. It needs to be completed by 12 noon on Monday 15 February. A paper copy of the survey is also available at the Worcestershire Hub at Kidderminster Town Hall, libraries in Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport and leisure centres in Kidderminster and Stourport.