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Have Your Say On How the Borough Council Should Be Run.

Have Your Say On How the Borough Council Should Be Run.

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:49pm 18th August 2010.

Have your say on how the council should be run

Scarborough Borough Council is currently carrying out public consultation on how the council should be run in the future.

A change in the law means that the council has to change the way in which it is run from May 2011 and there are two possible options:
 
1. Council Leader and Cabinet
This option is similar to how the council is run now.  However, instead of the whole council (all 50 councillors) deciding who will make up the Cabinet, they will only decide who will be the Leader.  The Leader would then remain in office for four years until the next election and they will be able to appoint up to nine other councillors, including a Deputy Leader, to form the Cabinet.

2. Directly elected Mayor and Cabinet
With this option there would be an election to directly elect a Mayor for four years.  The directly elected Mayor will be able to appoint up to nine councillors, including a Deputy Mayor, to form the Cabinet.  The council would not be able to remove a directly elected Mayor from office.  The title of Civic Mayor would disappear altogether, although the council could appoint one councillor to carry out ceremonial duties under an alternative title, such as Chairman.

Gill Wilkinson, the council's Democratic and Administrative Services Manager said:

"We would like as many people as possible to give their views on how the council will be run in the future.  You can find out more information on our website where you can also vote for your preferred option, or you can pick up an information booklet from your local library."

The link to the information on the council's website is www.scarborough.gov.uk/howthecouncilisrun
Information is also available by writing to the:  Democratic and Administrative Services Manager, Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2HG.  Consultation runs until the middle of September 2010.

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