Somerset

People in South Somerset reject elected mayor idea

People in South Somerset have expressed a preference for having a strong leader rather than an elected mayor.

The district council consulted on the two options because new legislation means it has to change its current executive decision-making process.

Ian Clarke, the council's assistant director, said: "Any move towards an elected mayor was firmly rejected."

A final decision on which option to adopt will be made by the full council on 9 December.

Mr Clarke said: "The council also felt that moving to the elected mayor model was not appropriate in terms of either the increased costs involved in the elections or because of the fact that it removes the ability for a simple majority of members to not approve any proposals from the executive in terms of the budget or strategic policies."

The current executive will consider the outcome of the consultation on 2 December and its proposal on the council website.

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