Bassetlaw councillors have supported a paper that sets out a move to all out elections from 2016 onwards.which they say could save up to £150,000 over a four year period.
Councillors voted unanimously in support of all out elections from 2016 and to begin a period of consultation before the council makes a final decision at an extra-ordinary meeting.
Public consultation on the election changes is likely to begin in the new year.
The leader of Bassetlaw District Council, Coun Simon Greaves, gave his views on the changes.
He said: “This really is an important step forward for the council.”
“I’m delighted that full council has given its backing to consult with the public on our proposals.”
“It is important that we give local people the chance to have their say through the consultation.”
“By moving to all out elections in 2016, the council estimates that there could be a saving of approximately £146,000 between then and 2020.”
“It’s likely that a 12-week consultation period will begin in early 2015.”
“This will give district residents, town and parish councils of the area, tenant and resident groups, councillors and members of Parliament the chance to have their say on the plans.”
While the change from electing in thirds to all-out will be a significant democratic change in the district, the council said it could also generate savings that may ultimately save jobs and services in Bassetlaw.
It could also reduce the impact on local schools being used as polling stations across Bassetlaw.
Currently the council holds ‘elections by thirds’ which means that elections are held for seats each year for three successive years out of four.
Under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, the council has the power to change its electoral arrangements to ‘whole council elections’.
This would mean that all seats on the council would be elected at the same time, with elections taking place once every four years.
Find out more at the council’s website at http://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/