Hartlepool Referendum to decide council's future

A Referendum is taking place in Hartlepool to determine how the council is run in the future.

It follows a meeting in August of this year when councillors voted unanimously in favour of a Referendum.

The Referendum will give people from Hartlepool a chance to decide whether their council is run by a mayor elected by voters, as it currently is, or whether the council is run by one or more committees made up of elected councillors.

Any changes to the current system will not be implemented until May 2013.