Sefton Council will restart the Municipal year this week by holding it's annual General Meeting at Bootle Town Hall.
The question is : 'What are likely to be the changes as a result of the elections?'
Members old and newly elected, have been summoned to attend the meeting at the Town Hall. Traditionally the meeting is held in two halves. The first half is held on Tuesday and the second half of the meeting is reconvened on the following Thursday.
The first part of the meeting is all about the appointment of a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor and the retirement of the existing office holders. Then on Thursday the Council appoints individual members to a variety of roles and membership of committees.
There are formal rules determining how the seats on committees are allocated. In essence the rules are based on the proportions of the Political Parties. In general individual Independent Councillors are not allocated any roles under these arrangements.
I'm looking forward to the resolution of two interesting questions.
Firstly it'll will be interesting to observe whether or not FRAG will get membership of any of the committees.
Following the elections this May there are now 2 Councillors who have stood for election under the FRAG banner. Both of them are from Formby.
- Cllr Maria Bennett
- Cllr Bob McCann
We're about to find out if the increase in representation has produced any tangible results or whether they will remain as back bench Council members and only required to attend the very minimum of meetings.
Secondly, who will become the new Leader of the Conservative Group?
The once mighty Conservative Party membership of the Council has dwindled to 6, I remember when they were in the majority as Labour are now. The leader has just resigned his role, so the question is, 'Who will succeed him as leader?'
It's interesting to note 3 of the present members were or are elected members for Formby.
- Cllr Denise Dutton, currentlt Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group (Harington Ward)
- Cllr Simon Jamieson (Harington Ward)
- Cllr Harry Bliss (Formby Chair of Formby Parish Council now Cambridge Ward)
Watch this space!