The Council has proposed changes to the way that future elections are held, and asked for residents' views before making a final decision. The Council will also consulted key stakeholders on the proposals.
Option 1 - Whole Council Elections
All councillors are elected at an election held every four years. This means all 30 councillors are elected at the same time.
Option 2 - Election by Thirds
The current "thirds" system in which local elections are held every year, with 10 out of 30 councillors being elected each time.
Did you know?
- The Council is made up of 30 councillors. A councillor’s normal term of office is four years, unless elected in an unscheduled by-election.
- Each ward currently has three councillors, an arrangement that will continue whether the Council keeps the present system or makes the proposed change.
- You can find out what ward you are in and which councillors represent you on the “Councillors" webpage.
Issues to be considered in the consultation
Many local authorities believe that the whole council election approach can provide stability for long term planning, increase the accountability of councillors through greater public interest and encourage higher voter turnout. It is also less expensive to hold one election every four years rather than one every year.
A move to one election every four years could, however, result in a larger intake of new councillors in one go, potentially leading to a loss of experience compared to the current system. Less frequent elections could also deter candidates from standing for election as the opportunities to serve the Council would arise less often.
This consultation has now ended.