City Council elections – have your say

Press Release: 27/01/2014


How would you like to elect your city councillors in the future?

Winchester City Council is considering whether to stick with the existing system or to make a change and is asking for people’s views. The Council has no preferred option at this stage.

At present a third of the councillors - 19 - face election at a time, with votes held in three years out of four.

The alternative is whole or ‘all-out’ election, in which all councillors - currently 57 - are elected at the same time, once every four years.

People can register their preference and make comments on the Winchester City Council website The closing date for the consultation is Friday 14 March 2014.

Information about the advantages of each option and the wider Local Government Boundary Commission review of the City Council’s electoral arrangements is also available on the website. For a paper copy or to respond in writing, contact the Electoral Review Manager (Chris Ashcroft), at Winchester City Council on 01962 848284 or

In addition to consulting the public, the City Council will seek the views of Hampshire County Council and all Parish Councils in the district, together with political parties and a number of other interested community groups.

At the end of the consultation, a report will be prepared summarising the responses. The final decision will be taken by a special meeting of the full Council and any move to whole-Council elections would need to be approved by a majority of at least two-thirds of the councillors voting at the meeting.

Later in the year, the Commission’s review will look at Council size - the number of councillors - and revise the wards that councillors represent. Its proposals will be implemented in the 2016 elections. This is part of a national review programme.