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The results of the referendum on how B&NES Council should be run have been announced. 30,557 B&NES residents voted in favour of the maintaining status quo of the Leader and Cabinet system; only 8,054 voted in favour of moving to a Directly Elected Mayor system. The turnout was 28.97%, with 38,672 votes being cast.
This letter from Lib Dem Councillor Lisa Brett of Walcot ward was originally published in the Western Daily Press on 7 March 2016 and in the Bath Chronicle on 10 March 2016.
This letter from Lib Dem Councillor Dine Romero of Southdown ward was originally published in the Bath Chronicle on 10 March 2016.
Councillor Dine Romero, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on B&NES Council:
How would you like Bath and North East Somerset Council to be run? That’s the question facing local residents next week. Should we stick with the status quo: a Council run by a Leader and Cabinet chosen by voters at local elections? Or should we have our own George or even Boris, set above Councillors?
B&NES Councillors met this evening to discuss the Council budget for the 2016-17 financial year. The budget includes £12M of savings as well as a 3.25% hike in the level of Council Tax residents will be expected to pay. This comes on top of already announced hikes in the precepts charged by the Fire Service, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Parish Councils.
B&NES Cabinet will meet this week (10 February) to discuss action on the perennial problem of urban gulls in Bath. This will include an 18 month research project "map and track the behaviour of the gulls as they interact with their food sources and nesting sites".
The first budget proposals from the Conservative administration of B&NES Council have been published ahead of February's Cabinet meeting.
B&NES Council’s Communities, Transport and Environment committee will hold a scrutiny day on the 22nd of March at the Guildhall, from 10:00am – 4:30pm, it has been announced.
B&NES Councillors are being asked to consider local initiatives and policies aimed at improving children’s health at a special session called by committee Chair Councillor Lisa Brett.
Contingency plans should have been put in place earlier to keep recycling collections running during industrial action, say Lib Dem Councillors. Strikes and an overtime ban have affected collections since the start of the year and recycling has not been picked up in some areas since Christmas.