A petition calling for an elected mayor has been sent to Guildford Borough Council. It is suspected that it is from former Tory councillor Monica Juneja, who is waiting to be sentenced for forgery and pretending to be a barrister
On election day, May 7, she was seen collecting signatures outside Guildford polling stations.
The petition calls for a referendum on ‘whether the council should be run in a different way by a mayor who is elected by voters throughout the area which the council serves’.
A press statement from Guildford Brough Council reads: “We have received a petition that calls for a public referendum to decide whether the borough should move to a governance model with a directly elected mayor.
“The petition needs to meet the necessary legal requirements before a referendum is triggered. We are currently validating each entry to make sure that all of the petitioners are on the electoral register. A valid petition needs at least 5% of local electors, which is 5,012. This validation must be completed by Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
“If there are enough names and the petition is valid, we will need to hold a referendum across the borough within the next six months.
“If there are not enough valid signatures, any valid names on the petition will remain so for 12 months from the date of signing. The petition organisers will have the opportunity to continue to collect and submit further signatures.
“The role of a directly elected mayor is different from the current ceremonial Mayor of Guildford. A directly elected mayor would have wide ranging decision-making powers.”
Comments on the saga of Juneja’s crimes, along with comments about Guildford Borough Council and its leader Stephen Mansbridge, feature in the current edition of the satirical magazine Private Eye.