Changing our Governance and Mayoral Referendum
Residents have the right to petition to change the model of governance to an elected mayor and cabinet system.
The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011, allows a petition to be submitted by five percent (the verification number) of the local government electors shown in the electoral register. If requested we must hold a referendum to determine whether voters are in favour of establishing an elected mayor.
A notice must be published annually giving the verification number (minimum number of supporters) required to hold the referendum.
The verification number
In accordance with Regulation 4(1) of the above regulations the number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register having effect on Tuesday 15 February 2023 for the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is:
This number will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of any petitions which are presented between Thursday 1 April 2023 and Thursday 31 March 2024.
The above number will apply to any petition submitted to the borough council before Thursday 31 March 2024. However, a new number will be published in February 2024 and if the new number is less than 5,402 then the new number will apply from the date it is published.
Dated: Friday 17 February 2023
Emma Duncan, Electoral Registration Officer.
Neighbourhood Planning Referendums
Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to develop a shared vision for development and growth in their local area. When adopted by the council, it shapes our future decision making around planning applications and infrastructure.
Once a Neighbourhood Plan has been finalised, it must be put to the local community by referendum.
For more information on neighbourhood Planning, please visit the planning pages.
Neighbourhood Plans - Referendum guides
- Guide for campaigners and local ward councillors can be found below.
From time to time central Government may call a referendum to ask an important question. When this happens, it is the responsibility of the local authority to hold the referendum.