Hertsmere Borough Council to be elected every four years

Hertsmere Borough Council to be elected every four years

Hertsmere Borough Council to be elected every four years

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Councillors at Hertsmere Borough Council have voted to bring in whole council elections. 

This means that all councillors are up for election every four years, instead of the current system of electing councillors by thirds in three years out of four.

A total of 30 councillors voted in favour of the change, while six councillors voted against. There were no abstentions.

The decision was reached at a special full council meeting last week.

Local residents were asked to vote on whether to move to whole council elections or stay with the current system of elections by thirds. During the three month public consultation, which was promoted on the council's website, Facebook and Twitter, 77 people had their say.

Just over 50 per cent wanted to change to whole council elections and 49.6 per cent wanted to stay with the current system of elections by thirds.

The first full council election will be held on May 7 2015. To find out more visit the democracy and elections section of our website - www.hertsmere.gov.uk

 

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12:01pm Mon 28 Jul 14

D_Penn says...

Only 77 people responded to the consultation? That's either a hugely depressing lack of interest in local politics or an absolute failure of the consultation process - probably both.

A wafer thin margin in favour of a new system with such a tiny electoral response is hardly a mandate for change. Maybe it would have been better to hold a referendum at the time of an election and find out what the public really think rather than just ploughing on.
Only 77 people responded to the consultation? That's either a hugely depressing lack of interest in local politics or an absolute failure of the consultation process - probably both. A wafer thin margin in favour of a new system with such a tiny electoral response is hardly a mandate for change. Maybe it would have been better to hold a referendum at the time of an election and find out what the public really think rather than just ploughing on. D_Penn
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3:01pm Mon 28 Jul 14

cgpc Rob says...

Lots of referendums could be held at elections, say four added onto every ballot paper, and the public being asked to submit referendum ideas.

At least the residents have been asked!
Lots of referendums could be held at elections, say four added onto every ballot paper, and the public being asked to submit referendum ideas. At least the residents have been asked! cgpc Rob
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