Cit has spoken: Overwhelming rejection for elected mayor in Sheffield

This is not the end of the road: Sheffield Council chief executive John Mothersole.
This is not the end of the road: Sheffield Council chief executive John Mothersole.

SHEFFIELDERS decisively rejected the idea of an elected mayor - but the city council chief remains confident of securing new local powers from the Government.

In one of the most decisive results of any city where referendums were held on whether to have an elected mayor, Sheffield voters rejected the idea by almost two votes to one.

But Sheffield Council chief executive John Mothersole said: “This is not the end of the road for Sheffield to secure a city deal with extra powers from the Government.

“We have been in discussions with officials and hope to announce details of new powers we could receive in the next two to three weeks.”

Sheffield Council’s Labour leader, Coun Julie Dore, criticised the £250,000 to £300,000 cost of staging a referendum on the issue - when there was ‘no demand’ from the public in the first place.

Meanwhile Kevin Meagher, chairman of the Mayor4Sheffield campaign, said: “Today’s result is not an invitation to return to business as usual in the Town Hall.

“The extra clout a mayor would have provided in narrowing the North/South gap is no longer open to us, so our councillors need to all raise their game and make sure we don’t miss out.

“This is the challenge to all our elected representatives. We have 16,000 unemployed people in Sheffield who badly need jobs, one of the biggest life expectancy gaps in the country, and one of the lowest numbers of young people going to university of any major city.”

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