A controversial petition that, if accepted, will force Guildford Borough Council (GBC) to hold a referendum on whether the borough should have an elected mayor has been re-submitted
Originally presented in May 2015, it was rejected when the council found that it did not contain sufficient valid signatures – 5,012, or 5% of the borough electorate.
A GBC press release stated: “We received a new petition on Thursday 11 February 2016. We are currently validating each entry to make sure that all of the new signatories are on the borough’s electoral register. This validation must be completed by Thursday 10 March 2016.
“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.”
The existence of the original petition emerged during the run up to last May’s elections. Some Conservative councillors were known to be angry that their recently convicted colleague, Monika Juneja, (pictured left) still, until the elections, a serving councillor, was organising the petition even while the council was reviewing their governance model under former council leader Stephen Mansbridge’s leadership (pictured).
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