The Legal Position
The main duty of a Mayor is to preside over Meetings of the Council; if present at a Meeting, he must preside. If he is not present then the Deputy Mayor must preside. The person presiding may have a casting vote if the vote is equal.
The Mayor continues in his post until a successor is elected at the Annual Meeting of the Council.
The Mayor, as First Citizen, is entitled to precedence in all places and on all occasions within the Borough (unless Royalty or the Lord-Lieutenant in his official capacity representing the Queen is present).
The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000
In accordance with the provisions of the above Regulations, Notice is given that the number of local government electors required for a valid petition for a referendum as to whether Castle Point Borough Council should have an elected mayor is 3,400.
The above number represents 5% of the total local government electors for the borough as shown in the revised register of electors as published on 1st December 2009