COUNTY council bosses are urging Ellesmere Port residents to remember November 5 not for fireworks, but as the deadline to have their say on future key decisions.
Council leader Paul Findlow says the council is now required by law to change the traditional committee system and the Government has given three options from which to choose.
He said:' The quality of life that we enjoy in Cheshire has been shaped by the county council's work over the last 112 years. But now we have to change the traditional system. The options are explained in detail in the latest edition of Your A-Z Guide which is currently being delivered to every household.
'Inside its back cover is a questionnaire on a pre-paid postcard with the November 5 deadline. We recognise a fireworks display will create more colour and excitement but the importance of the measured workings of democracy should not be underestimated.'
He added: 'The quality and relevance of future decisions might depend on which system we are using. Whatever the final decision, I am delighted to report all-party committees in open meetings will have a key role in the new Cheshire system.
'And it would help us to know whether local people would prefer a cabinet with a leader or an elected mayor with either a cabinet or a manager.'
Responses to the consultation will be analysed in time for a debate at the county council's next full meeting on December 13 and any changes are expected to be introduced to meet next May's deadline.