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Independently elected Gravesham Mayor consultation announced

PUBLISHED: 11:11 17 September 2010

Current Mayor of Gravesham Bill Lambert

Current Mayor of Gravesham Bill Lambert

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Residents could be given the chance to directly elect a mayor who would wield executive power over the borough council.

A public consultation period is set to begin on October 6 where the electorate will be asked if they want to have a direct say in who will lead the council by picking a mayor who would act independently of council parties.

At present the leader of the council, Mike Snelling, is elected by the council.

A change to the 2007 Local Government & Public Involvement in Health Act requires Gravesham Borough Council to move to either have a leader elected by council or a mayor elected by the people, both with greater powers.

The leader or Mayor would appoint his own cabinet, decide how much power they will delegate and hold office for a fixed term of four years.

The mayor could also not be removed by the council.

A consultation will last until November 17 before the council will decide at a specially organised meeting on which path to take on December 21.

Should the council move to appoint a independent Mayor, the election is scheduled for May 2011.

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