Have your say on council changes 

03/09/09

Residents in Bolton will be asked to register their views on proposals to change the way decisions are made in the town.

A borough-wide consultation exercise is being launched on September 7 and will run until October 4.

Legislation requires all local authorities to review the way they are governed from May 2010 and the government has put forward two recommendations.

Currently, Bolton Council operates a leader and executive system and roles and responsibilities are determined by a meeting of the Full Council.

The system was introduced in 2000 following an abolition of the old committee model of local government.

Now, the council must ask people which of the two options they prefer before making a final decision by the end of the year.

Option one would include an elected mayor, voted by residents every four years, while option two would include a “new style” leader and cabinet system - not too dissimilar to the current leader and executive model.

Residents can register their views online (link above) or call into the One Stop Shop at Bolton Town Hall. There will also be copies of the consultation document at all libraries and area offices and there will be a public notice published in the local press.

The latest edition of Bolton Scene, delivered to every household between September 9 and 22, will also feature information on how to get involved in the consultation.

Once the consultation period has closed on October 4, draft proposals will be drawn up for consideration in time for a meeting of the Executive on October 26. A final decision will be made at Full Council on December 9.

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