Today, Thursday 3rd July sees the whole of the Borough of Bury going to the polls just a couple of months after the May local elections. This time the only question facing the residents of Bury is whether ir not they want to replace the present system of local Government with a system under which there would be an Elected Mayor who would hold all Executive power. All the existing Councillors would still remain but they would have less powers. There would be a whole new set of costs imposed on local Council Tax payers. Not only would there be the salary of the new full time Mayor but there would also be a Deputy Mayor and the new Mayor will need an office which will need staffing. The costs have been estimated to be up to a quarter of a million pounds a year.
I believe all this is totally unnecessary and unwanted. I receive dozens of representations every week on all sorts of problems but not once has anyone ever said to me that what they wanted to see was yet another elected politician. Everyone in Bury can vote today, if you are not a postal voter you can simply go to your normal polling station. If you have a postal vote and have not sent it back yet you can complete it and hand it in at a polling station. Whichever method you use I urge you to use your vote and vote NO.