There’s less than a week to go for people to comment on proposed changes to the frequency of parish and town council elections in Wyre Forest.
A survey asking local residents, parish councils and other interested bodies to comment on the electoral cycle of parish and town councils will close at midday on Thursday 30 June.
Wyre Forest District Council has published proposals for moving all parish and town council elections to May 2019, so that they are held on the same date as district council elections.
The district council is moving to ‘whole council elections’ in 2019. As a result some parish and town council elections will no longer coincide with district elections.
If no change was made, it may mean that they have to meet the full cost of their elections when, until now, they have been able to share the costs with the district council.
Councillor Nathan Desmond, cabinet member with responsibility for democratic services at Wyre Forest, said:“In February this year the council decided that it should move to “whole council elections”. This will mean all 33 seats up for election in May 2019.
“This has implications for town and parish councils so we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to comment on our proposal to ensure all elections fall on the same date from 2019 onwards.
Following the consultation, a decision on whether to change the cycle of parish and town council elections is due to be taken at the meeting of Wyre Forest District Council on Wednesday 27 July 2016.