Change of governing model for Sedgemoor

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 January 2011

The council will adopt the new approach in May

The council will adopt the new approach in May


SEDGEMOOR District Council is set to change the way it runs the district, by adopting a new form of governance.

The council will take up a new-style leader and cabinet executive model, in fact very similar to its current arrangement.

The changes, which will see a leader elected by the full council for a four year term at its annual meeting, must be implemented three days after the council’s elections in May.

Among the other features of the new arrangement are; the formation of a cabinet comprising the leader and between two and nine other councillors appointed by the leader; the deputy leader being able to exercise the leader’s powers in his or her absence; and allowing for the full council to remove the leader on a vote of no confidence.

The council has decided on the leader and cabinet model as opposed to having a directly-elected mayor and cabinet model following a consultation period in December, with the current arrangement set to run until May.

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