Fylde Council to scrap cabinet system following public vote

Fylde Borough Council in Lancashire is to scrap its cabinet system after residents voted by 57.8 per cent to 42.2 per cent for a return to the traditional committee set-up.

The referendum, which coincided with local and European elections on 22 May, was triggered after more than five per cent of voters signed a petition calling for change in October 2013.

The council will switch to a committee system by May 2015.

Tracy Morrison, Fylde Council's counting officer and director of resources, said: "The change will involve the council keeping its existing regulatory committees with the establishment of four new committees around the policy areas of tourism and leisure; operational management; health and housing; and finance.

"Each committee will be appointed by the council and will consist of representatives of the elected parties in proportion to their numbers on the council.

"Council officers will now start the ball rolling for the establishment of the committees in May 2015. The cabinet system will apply until then as the business of the council will have to continue to be conducted."

Chief executive Allan Oldfield added: "I'd like to thank voters and campaigners from both sides for considering and presenting the issues in such a mature and balanced fashion. Fylde Council has transformed itself in recent years and that work will continue with the new system."