Council votes in favour of moving to four-year elections

This Is Local London: Council vote in favour of moving to four-year elections Council vote in favour of moving to four-year elections

Councillors have voted in favour of moving to full elections every four years.

Hertsmere Borough Council has voted for a change to elect the whole council every four years instead of the current system of electing councillors by thirds in three years out of four.

Council leader Councillor Morris Bright, recommended the authority accept the change at an extraordinary meeting earlier this evening, while Cllr John Graham seconded the motion.

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

Cllr Ann Harrison, leader of the Labour party, said she had serious reservations about the changes.

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- 50.4 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.

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7:10am Thu 17 Jul 14

cgpc Rob says...

There should have been no abstentions, all council votes should be recorded, so residents are aware of how their cllrs voted and a dedicated page should be added to all council websites to inform residents.

Instead of having to scroll through minutes, to find out!
There should have been no abstentions, all council votes should be recorded, so residents are aware of how their cllrs voted and a dedicated page should be added to all council websites to inform residents. Instead of having to scroll through minutes, to find out! cgpc Rob
  • Score: 5

8:22am Thu 17 Jul 14

MJ1 says...

All Disrict councils we given the option of all Council Electons every four years or annual alections with one third of seats elected and the fourth year left free for County elections, back in the 1970s when Councils such as Hertsmere were formed. The latter is clearly more democratic as counciillors are more accountable for their actions, political parties have to compete for votes and the voters get a say every year. Lets hope we stick with this in Watford.
All Disrict councils we given the option of all Council Electons every four years or annual alections with one third of seats elected and the fourth year left free for County elections, back in the 1970s when Councils such as Hertsmere were formed. The latter is clearly more democratic as counciillors are more accountable for their actions, political parties have to compete for votes and the voters get a say every year. Lets hope we stick with this in Watford. MJ1
  • Score: 3

8:43am Thu 17 Jul 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

If we did this in Watford it would undoubtedly save on election costs and it would also knock the complacency out of some parties, knowing that unless they did a good job over the whole four years they might be wiped out at the elections.

It would enable the council to change political flavour overnight, whereas at the last election in Watford for council it was clear that unless a miracle happened the LibDems would remain in power and Labour would be the second biggest party.

I hope this comes to Watford.

Well done Hertsmere for showing the way.
If we did this in Watford it would undoubtedly save on election costs and it would also knock the complacency out of some parties, knowing that unless they did a good job over the whole four years they might be wiped out at the elections. It would enable the council to change political flavour overnight, whereas at the last election in Watford for council it was clear that unless a miracle happened the LibDems would remain in power and Labour would be the second biggest party. I hope this comes to Watford. Well done Hertsmere for showing the way. Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: -2

9:07am Thu 17 Jul 14

cgpc Rob says...

Why is it only left up to cllrs, what do residents want, every year, half of cllrs, every other year, or the whole lot every four years!
Why is it only left up to cllrs, what do residents want, every year, half of cllrs, every other year, or the whole lot every four years! cgpc Rob
  • Score: 1

10:52am Thu 17 Jul 14

Sara says...

cgpc Rob wrote:
There should have been no abstentions, all council votes should be recorded, so residents are aware of how their cllrs voted and a dedicated page should be added to all council websites to inform residents.

Instead of having to scroll through minutes, to find out!
I support this wholeheartedly. At Three Rivers, the Conservative group abstain on many important issues as a matter of policy. There are rare occasions when an abstention is the only possible decision, but in most cases it is a cop out.

Residents vote for Councillors to take the difficult decisions, not to opt out of responsibility. I gave no problems telling people which way I votes on any issue, and why.
[quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: There should have been no abstentions, all council votes should be recorded, so residents are aware of how their cllrs voted and a dedicated page should be added to all council websites to inform residents. Instead of having to scroll through minutes, to find out![/p][/quote]I support this wholeheartedly. At Three Rivers, the Conservative group abstain on many important issues as a matter of policy. There are rare occasions when an abstention is the only possible decision, but in most cases it is a cop out. Residents vote for Councillors to take the difficult decisions, not to opt out of responsibility. I gave no problems telling people which way I votes on any issue, and why. Sara
  • Score: 1

10:59am Thu 17 Jul 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

Yet strangely reluctant to disclose how much money you take for being so clear and open in your decision-making as a councillor, Sara.

Open, Not Open? Clearly not ashamed in any way of how you vote. Why the reluctance to disclose, on here, how much money we pay you in allowances and expenses?
Yet strangely reluctant to disclose how much money you take for being so clear and open in your decision-making as a councillor, Sara. Open, Not Open? Clearly not ashamed in any way of how you vote. Why the reluctance to disclose, on here, how much money we pay you in allowances and expenses? Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: 0

2:39pm Thu 17 Jul 14

cgpc Rob says...

Sara wrote:
cgpc Rob wrote:
There should have been no abstentions, all council votes should be recorded, so residents are aware of how their cllrs voted and a dedicated page should be added to all council websites to inform residents.

Instead of having to scroll through minutes, to find out!
I support this wholeheartedly. At Three Rivers, the Conservative group abstain on many important issues as a matter of policy. There are rare occasions when an abstention is the only possible decision, but in most cases it is a cop out.

Residents vote for Councillors to take the difficult decisions, not to opt out of responsibility. I gave no problems telling people which way I votes on any issue, and why.
Sara

Will the ruling Lib/dems propose the motion and then inform residents via a recorded vote of how it went, via the local media, will the dedicated cllrs voting page be added to the cllr section, for easy reference, can it be backdated till say 2005?
[quote][p][bold]Sara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cgpc Rob[/bold] wrote: There should have been no abstentions, all council votes should be recorded, so residents are aware of how their cllrs voted and a dedicated page should be added to all council websites to inform residents. Instead of having to scroll through minutes, to find out![/p][/quote]I support this wholeheartedly. At Three Rivers, the Conservative group abstain on many important issues as a matter of policy. There are rare occasions when an abstention is the only possible decision, but in most cases it is a cop out. Residents vote for Councillors to take the difficult decisions, not to opt out of responsibility. I gave no problems telling people which way I votes on any issue, and why.[/p][/quote]Sara Will the ruling Lib/dems propose the motion and then inform residents via a recorded vote of how it went, via the local media, will the dedicated cllrs voting page be added to the cllr section, for easy reference, can it be backdated till say 2005? cgpc Rob
  • Score: 0

7:34pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Feel Coax says...

Phil Cox (UKIP) wrote:
Yet strangely reluctant to disclose how much money you take for being so clear and open in your decision-making as a councillor, Sara.

Open, Not Open? Clearly not ashamed in any way of how you vote. Why the reluctance to disclose, on here, how much money we pay you in allowances and expenses?
This information is freely available, as is requied by law, on the TRDC website.
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox (UKIP)[/bold] wrote: Yet strangely reluctant to disclose how much money you take for being so clear and open in your decision-making as a councillor, Sara. Open, Not Open? Clearly not ashamed in any way of how you vote. Why the reluctance to disclose, on here, how much money we pay you in allowances and expenses?[/p][/quote]This information is freely available, as is requied by law, on the TRDC website. Feel Coax
  • Score: 5

11:40pm Thu 17 Jul 14

cgpc Rob says...

Quite simple, Sara informs us via this media of a complete breakdown of all expenses and allowances she receives annually.
Quite simple, Sara informs us via this media of a complete breakdown of all expenses and allowances she receives annually. cgpc Rob
  • Score: 6
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