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 'Localism in Action' Project: 2013/14


December 2014

Fylde Council has now decided how it will arrange its business under the Committee System of operation.

The new system will come into being after the election in May 2015.

Overall, that's an improvement. It has restored the meeting of the Full Council to be the supreme decision-taking body. The referendum decision has fixed that for at least the next ten years.

But the way Fylde BC proposes to work in detail is not what the public of Fylde called for. Nor are we able to say it is a good implementation of the Committee system - because it is not.

True to form, the majority Conservative group (who opposed the idea of changing back to the committee system altogether, and actively campaigned against it) did not take on board the comments made by the public during the Consultation period.

Nor were they able to agree (with the other political parties and the independent councillors) how the details of the Committee System should be operated.

Instead, they appear to have used their majority vote on the Council to implement an arrangement that we believe will promote control and conflict - maximising their party political advantage, rather than finding ways to bring harmony and consensus to decision-making.

So the most contentious decisions - on which no agreement could be reached -  have been delayed. They will now be taken by the new Council - elected after the change to Committee Governance in May

The main differences between what is proposed and what the public called for, are to do with how decisions are to be made, and how many places there will be on each of the committees.

  • People we spoke with during the petition and referendum campaigns all said they wanted the full Council to take the decisions - so that the Councillors they had elected had the right to speak, and the right to vote, on all decisions made in the Council's name.
  • They also said they wanted their elected councillor to have the right to speak at any of the Committee meetings, and for a proper representation as the make-up on each committees.

What the Conservative majority pushed through was:

Committees will have delegated authority to take final decisions unless:

  • Ten or more councillors assent to, and cause, a 'Referral' which would see the matter removed from the Committee's agenda and sent to Full Council for debate and decision. There will be time limits to effect a Referral, most likely from the date of publication of the Committee agenda to the day before the Committee Meeting.
  • Ten or more councillors call for, and assent to the 'Recovery' of a decision that has been taken by a Committee. This would make the decision not implementable until the matter had been debated by the Full Council meeting. Again a time limit will apply, and it is most likely to be ten days from the date of the Committee decision.

The number of seats on each committee also reached a 'failure to agree.' An intransigent Conservative majority wanted to have Committee sizes that would maximise their political advantage. Councillors from other parties and Independents wanted each councillor to have a seat on at least two programme committees.

The actual decisions are in the minutes of the Council meeting of 1st December. Please follow this link to download to the minutes and the original report and appendices for full information

There are several other aspects of the detailed arrangements that we regard as unsatisfactory. But, of course, there is an election in May, and it is possible that the Conservative majority will not be the same after the election. If that happens, there could be changes made to the arrangements as to how the Committee system will work even before the present incarnation has had chance to bed in.

So we will have to wait and see how things pan out after May.


November 2014

The Referendum vote was for change, and Fylde Council has now decided how it will conduct its business using the Committee System.

We have some reservations about it. We didn't think the proposals accorded with what the people of Fylde wanted and voted for in the referendum- so we published some thoughts on what we believed the guiding principles should be.

You can follow this link to
download the Council's proposals

You can follow this like to
download the consultation response submitted by FCAG

and see what we believe Fylde's guiding principles should be

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about the process
Our contact details are at the foot of this page




We asked Fylde residents if a referendum should decide which operating system our Council should use - whether all councillors should have a say and a vote, or whether just the Council Leader and his Cabinet of seven should make the day-to-day decisions  -  4,600 people called for a referendum. It was held on:

22 May 2014



"How Would you like Fylde Council to be run?"

By a Leader elected by other councillors8,706 votes41.7%
By one or more committees of elected councillors11,934 votes57.2%
invalid or rejected ballot papers243 papers 

The people of Fylde have decided they want their council to abandon the Leader and Cabinet style of operation, and return to the tried and tested Committee-based system which places ultimate power in the hands of the full council, not those of a single leader and his Cabinet

The Council is required to implement this change in May 2015.

The moment the Referendum Result was declared

FCAG members and supporters savour the moment the referendum result is declared

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29 May 14 Local Government Chronicle Summarises the campaign and result
29 May 14 Local Government Executive Delivers the result
29 May 14 Harringay Online Feeds news of the result to folks in Harringay
29 May 14 Local Government Lawyer Reports the result
29 May 14 LocalGov National news of the referendum result breaks on the main Local Government news website
BBC News Lancashire:  Bid for referendum on Fylde Borough Council decisions


18 Feb 13 BBC North West News  (You Tube)
18 Feb 13 Fylde Civic Awareness Group on the Sunday Politics Show 17 Feb 2013  (You Tube)


23 May 14 The BBC's Gary Hickson. Interviews with FCAG's Fred Moor and FBC's Cllr Susan Fazackerley.
15 Feb 13 The BBC's Graham Liver interviews FCAG's Fred Moor and FBC's David Eaves
15 Feb 13 The BBC's Brett Davidson interviews FCAG's Fred Moor and resident Palmira Stafford


29 May 14 Express: 'Results Will Be Vital Under the New System' Express Comment.
29 May 14 Express: 'New System Will Make No Tangible Difference' David Eaves will operate Committees.
29 May 14 Express: 'Wedding Ring Found in Ballot Box' One voter posted more than her ballot
29 May 14 Express: 'Group's Campaign Proves A Success' The Express gives the background.
29 May 14 Express: 'Committee System Returns' The Express breaks news of the result.
29 May 14 Express Letters: 'Congratulations to Campaigners' Cllr Tim Armit recognises the public call
29 May 14 Express Letters: 'Time To See All The Council Engaged' Jim Hogan supports Committees.
24 May 14 Gazette Opinion: 'It's Good To Talk' Editor Jon Rhodes applauds FCAG and welcomes public debate.
24 May 14 Gazette: 'THE RESULT' Committees Are Back in Victory For Democracy.
22 May 14 Express: 'Decision Day For Council' Part 2 of Tony Durkin's Article
22 May 14 Express: 'YOU CHOOSE' Tony Durkin Previews the Historic Decision Fylde Will Make. (Part one)
22 May 14 Express Letters: 'Result In Hands of Electorate' Jon Harrison says Thank-you to FCAG's supporters.
22 May 14 Express Letters: 'Committee Move is a Backward One' Cllr Tim Armit wants the status quo
22 May 14 Express Letters: 'Councillors Give a Lot' Cllr Susan Fazackerly Responds to 'Cabinet Costs' letter.
22 May 14 Gazette: 'Voters Act to Have A Say On Committee System' Just 2 days to the Referendum
15 May 14 Express: 'Vote Yes To Bring Back Committees' Opposition leader Liz Oades gives her view
15 May 14 Express: 'Vote No To Keep the Cabinet' Council Leader David Eaves gives His View.
15 May 14 Express: 'Fylde Goes To The Polls to Decide How the Council is Run' Editor's Article.
15 May 14 Express: 'Restore Democracy to Fylde' FCAG ADVERT See who supports the Change to Committees.
15 May 14 Express Letters: 'Cabinet System Brings its Costs' Fred Moor looks at the cost of the Cabinet.
15 May 14 Express Letters: 'Time to Back Committee Option' Barbara Pagett calls for change.
15 May 14 Express Letters: 'Change Should be Innovative' Gwen Biviano gives her view.
09 May 14 Gazette Letters: 'Democracy Worked for Gardens' Barbara Pagett reviews governance.
08 May 14 Express: 'VOTE FOR CHANGE FCAG Advertisement Promoting Committees.
08 May 14 Express Yourself: 'All Councillors Need a Say' Cllr John Davies supports Committees.
08 May 14 Express Yourself: 'Back Committee System in Vote' Cllr Louis Rigby appeals for support.
08 May 14 Express Yourself: 'We Should Stick By Cabinet System' Cllr Pounder gives his view.
08 May 14 Express Yourself: 'Flyer Not Telling a Full Tale' Howard Ashton looks at costs as well.
08 May 14 Express Yourself: 'Sooner the Better for Vote' Carol Lanyon looks at costs.
01 May 14 Express Yourself: 'Governance System' Howard Ashton is bemused, but not amused.
01 May 14 In Focus: 'Fylde Referendum 22 May 2014' Rural Fylde readers get an update.
17 Apr 14 Express Yourself: 'Time to back Cabinet System' Cllr Tim Armit wants things to stay as they are.
16 Apr 14 Gazette: 'Campaign in bid to change the Council' Report of first Garden Stake going in.
11 Apr 14 Gazette: 'Democracy' Phil Marriott gives his view.
10 Apr 14 Express Yourself: 'Committee or Cabinet System' Phil Marriott laments the lack of information.
02 Apr 14 FCAG Media Statement We launch our campaign to restore Fylde BC to the Committee System
27 Mar 14 Express Yourself: 'Confusion Around Council' Fred Moor aims to clarify governance and policy.
27 Mar 14 Express Yourself: 'Independents Do Need Supporting' An anonymous but cerebral view.
20 Mar 14 Express Yourself: 'Time to Reduce Council Numbers' An anonymous contribution.
20 Mar 14 Express Yourself: 'The Answer is to Win More Seats' Cllr Ackers makes her points.
06 Mar 14 Express Yourself: 'Cabinet System is Effective Method' Cllr Tim Armit supports the status quo.
06 Mar 14 Express: 'Race Starts in Bid to Change Town Hall System' News about the referendum on 22 May.
01 Mar 14 Gazette: 'Fylde Referendum Set to Begin' The statutory notice for the May referendum.
27 Feb 14 Express Yourself: 'Ask Questions Before You Vote' Cllr Charlie Duffy urges thoughtfulness.
18 Feb 14 Express: 'Council to Explore System Options' Fylde makes plans to implement Committees.
12 Feb 14 Express: 'Call to Make the Town More Democratic' Former High Sheriff wants Blackpool to change.
02 Dec 13 Gazette: 'Referendum' Fylde announce the Petition is valid and there will be a referendum.
13 Nov 13 Express: 'Fylde Could be First to Bring Back Committees' Cllr Paul Hayhurst's commentary.
07 Nov 13 Express Yourself: 'If it Aint Broke Don't Fix It' The contrarian view is expressed.
07 Nov 13 Express Yourself: 'Public Want Committee Model' Another view supporting change is expressed.
07 Nov 13 Express Yourself: 'System Must Be Changed at Fylde' Cllr John Davies gives his view.
07 Nov 13 Express Yourself: 'Fylde is indeed a Rotten Borough' Nigel White gives his view.
01 Nov 13 Gazette: '4,000 Challenge System' Gazette's report on the delivery of the governance petition.
30 Oct 13 Express: 'Petition Delivered' FCAG delivers a petition with over 4,000 signatures to Fylde Council.
10 Jul 13 Gazette: 'Politically Correct' Fylde Cllr Charlie Duffy's views on the need for change
31 Jun 13 NW A.C.T.S.: Report No 6 (Extract) - Winds of Change? - a note of progress to date
31 Mar 13 NW A.C.T.S.: Report No 5 (Extract) - An Unlikely Revolution? Full report available here
29 Mar 13 Gazette: 'Look at it This Way' Jacquie Morley takes a view of the campaign
01 Mar 13 Lytham St Annes Civic Society Magazine 'Wind of Change?' article
28 Feb 13 Express Petition First for a Pioneer David Meldrum is the first petition signature
28 Feb 13 Express Yourself 'Referendum' Cllr Mrs Nash gives her view
21 Feb 13 Express Page 2  Report and Photos of the Seminar at the Glendower Hotel
21 Feb 13 Express Page 1  Report and Photos of the Seminar at the Glendower Hotel
21 Feb 13 Express Yourself: 'Don't Change' Cllrs Ackers and Andrews put their case
20 Feb 13 View Online: Dorsetshire "We are just voting fodder" (It's happening there too)
19 Feb 13 Gazette: Spotlight Shines on Democracy's Future
14 Feb 13 Gazette: Filming Debate on Change to Council
14 Feb 13 Express Yourself: Opinions on Local Government  Cllrs Chedd and Armit pass comment.
14 Feb 13 Express: First Move in Council Plan
07 Feb 13 Express: Council Leader Defends Cabinet Cllr Eaves wants no change
31 Jan 13 Express Yourself: Cabinet System Needs Overhaul
17 Jan 13 Express: 'Scrap the Cabinet' say pressure group FCAG gives notice of its proposals
13 Dec 12 Express Comment: Council Should Change System
13 Dec 12 Express: Anger at 'Closed Meeting' System

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Fylde Civic Awareness Group
18 Sandhurst Avenue, St Anne's on the Sea, Lancashire. FY8 2DA
Phone: 0845 456 6122

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