An email update has been sent to signatories.
c.3,000 of us from all parts of GM signed the petition over just a single weekend before the Parliamentary committee's 'devolution inquiry' session in Manchester last Oct. The committee's report, published in Feb, confirmed "consistent very significant lack of public consultation, engagement and communication at all stages of the deal-making process".
After several months of very patient persistence, on 18th Feb we were at last able to hand in our petition in person to Tony Lloyd, GM interim mayor, and to reiterate why it was important to create a new official GM Strategic Priority dedicated to strengthening local democracy.
We also brought to Tony's attention the upcoming People's Plan - an independent public engagement programme - by and for citizens of GM.
Tony's response? I quote: "What's not to welcome?" Indeed!
We've not yet received Tony's promised written response. Let's hope we won't be waiting too much longer...