Town councillors agree to bring back role of Leader

Sleaford Town Council EMN-150213-145433001
Sleaford Town Council EMN-150213-145433001

Sleaford Town Councillors have voted by a majority to elect a Leader after lengthy discussions last Wednesday.

The role was abolished by the former council in 2013, but a working group, led by Coun Mark Allan made the proposal. There is no legal reason for Town and Parish councils to have a Leader but many larger Towns elect one in order to support the chairman who also performs duties as Mayor. Coun Mark Graves explained advice from the Lincolnshire Association of Local Councils had also changed.

Councillors stressed the importance of having agreed Terms of Reference outlining the duties of the Leader. Some councillors questioned whether a third position was needed, while others saw value, provided not political.

Coun Allan proposed that a Leader should be elected in an extra Full Council meeting later this month and that terms of reference should be agreed beforehand. It was agreed the role would then be elected in the Annual Meeting every May and clearly explained to County and District Councils.