How will votes be taken?
To make decisions, a majority of the members of a West of England Combined Authority, including the West of England Mayor, would be required to be present and voting. The West of England Mayor would:
- Have one vote, as would the other voting authority members.
- The West of England Mayor would have to consult combined authority members on his/her strategies, which those members may reject if two out of three agree to do so.
- Members of a West of England Mayoral Combined Authority would also be able to amend a West of England Mayor’s spending plans if two out of three agree to do so.
- Decisions made on the Joint Spatial Plan would require a unanimous vote.
- Certain financial aspects would require unanimous agreement of the three councils.
- The Mayoral Combined Authority must have the agreement of an individual authority where a planning or transport matter (for example) is likely to impact on that authority’s specific geographical location.