At a special meeting held on 16 December, the council decided to change its electoral arrangements to ‘whole council elections’ from the current system of ‘elections by thirds’.

As a result of the decision, from 3 May 2018, all seats on the council will be elected at the same time, once every four years. Councillors are currently elected by thirds, which means that district council elections are held in three out of every four years .

The change to the electoral system follows a public consultation which was held from 23 October to 4 December to seek views on how often we should hold elections to appoint our councillors.

Further information is available in the Changing to Whole Council Elections Explanatory Document and the report considered by the Standards Committee.