Local residents, parish councils and other interested bodies are being encouraged to have their say on the electoral cycle of parish and town councils in the district.
Wyre Forest District Council has published a consultation paper which proposes 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 the District Council 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 Marcus Hart, the Leader of the Council 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. Eight out of the 13 parishes would not have their elections at the same time as Wyre Forest District Council.
“The Council decided that a consultation paper should be issued to seek views on the electoral cycle for parish and town councils, and the proposal is to move them so that they all fall on the same date from 2019 onwards. Please take part in the short survey and give us your views.”
A short questionnaire and more information are available online at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/parishconsultation. The deadline for responses is midday on Thursday 30 June 2016. Paper versions of the survey will be available from the Worcestershire Hub, and the libraries in Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley.
The consultation paper is being published now so that candidates for the elections to Kidderminster Town Council and Rock Parish Council in May are aware of the proposal that their term of office would be three years rather than the normal four years.
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.