Mayor vote confirmed

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MINISTERS have confirmed plans to hold a referendum on having an elected mayor in Sheffield - despite receiving just a single letter from anyone in the city during a consultation process.

The poll on whether to have an elected mayor will cost £168,000 in Sheffield alone.

Communities Minister Andrew Stunell told MPs including Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts that the only comment received from anyone in Sheffield was a single letter against elected mayors.

But he said the city would be included among places holding referendums on May 3 - alongside this year’s local elections - so ‘everyone has the chance to have a say’.

Mr Betts said: “In Sheffield, we have had a cross-party position that unless there is genuine public support we won’t hold a referendum.

“ I’m sure the council could find somewhere better to spend the amount it will cost.”