The Referendum about a mayor for BANEs

The Referendum will be held on Thursday 10 March 2016 between 7 am and 10 pm

The question which will be asked in the Referendum is:–

How would you like Bath & North East Somerset Council to be run?
By a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected
councillors. This is how the council is run now.


By a mayor who is elected by voters. This would be a change from how the council is run

We think it is important that as many people as possible turn out to vote. This is an important decision with considerable short and long-term implication for residents and in other areas this decision has been made on the basis of very low turnouts. We think that it is important that any result reflects the view of the majority.

We also think that it is important that voters are clear that what is being offered is a Mayor for BANES NOT a Mayor for Bath. Indeed, psephology would suggest that the outcome of any mayoral election is likely to be determined by voters in North East Somerset rather than Bath.