Residents in North East Lincolnshire will go to the polls on May 3 to elect their local councillors.
Across the county 150 councils will be up for election this year – including the City of Lincoln Council – as well as some mayoral elections.
In North East Lincolnshire, the minority-led Labour group will be looking to hold control of the council while the Conservatives want to regain power.
The election is expected to be close in North East Lincolnshire and run on contentious topics.
The council is currently minority-led with 17 Labour councillors, 15 Conservative, five Liberal Democrats, three UKIP and one independent.
Controversial plans to remove a roundabout at the Toll Bar junction will be a hot topic on the election campaign.
Councillors voted to defer the plans back to the council’s cabinet at a recent full council meeting after a petition of more than 1,000 signatures was signed by residents.
Leader of the Conservative group, Philip Jackson, pledged to put an immediate stop to the plans if the party retains control of the authority.
Currently the procurement of traffic lights for the roundabout is on hold until the cabinet discusses the petition.
Elsewhere, plans to regenerate Grimsby and Cleethorpes are also expected to be on the election agenda.
Recently, the council announced that £7.2million will be invested into Cleethorpes in order to retain tourists.
The plans look to improve the street scene and implement public art into the town centre.
Labour councillor Matthew Patrick said that the proposals will radically transform Cleethorpes.
Elsewhere, 5,500 new jobs and 7,700 homes have been promised in a council led initiative to secure a town deal for Grimsby.
The £36.9 million plans were included in a white paper published by the government on its industrial strategy.
But the Conservatives have said that they will speed up the plans if elected.
When is the election?
The local elections will be held on Thursday, May 3, with polling booths open from 7am until 10pm.
Following the polls closing, the count will take place at the Grimsby Auditorium, Cromwell Road.
Register to vote
Members of the public have until April 17 to register to vote in order to take part in the upcoming election.
There is also the option to vote via proxy or by post.
Once you have registered, you will be sent a polling card which confirms your right to vote and your polling station.
The list of polling stations for the upcoming election can be found on the council’s website.
Who is standing?
There will be an election for one councillor in 15 wards in North East Lincolnshire.
However, in the ward of Immingham, there will be two councillors elected due to the death of Councillor Mike Burton.
- Croft Baker
- East Marsh
- Humberston and New Waltham
- Sidney Sussex
- West Marsh
Nominations of candidates for each ward will be published on Monday, April 9.
How do local elections work?
Currently, a third of councillors in North East Lincolnshire are elected every year for three years on a four-year cycle.
However, the council has proposed changing the cycle to once every four years to elect all 42 councillors.
The plans recently went before full council but were deferred for another meeting after the elections.