To allow residents to vote in a referendum or in a local election (and the Conservatives can put a council merge in their manifesto) to give the District councils a steer on whether to merge the councils or not.
There should be no merge of the councils without a mandate given by the residents.
Why is this important?
In 2011, residents voted against a merge of the councils in a referendum. If the conservatives want to now merge, they must seek a mandate to do so. To go ahead without properly consulting would be a betrayal to local residents.
Whether you think it's a terrible idea or a good one, residents must have a say.
The decision by Babergh Council’s cabinet members last Friday to merge the council with Mid Suffolk is a betrayal.
The move overturns a 60% majority of residents who voted against a merger when a referendum was held in 2011.
Babergh cabinet members talk about the need to ‘re-educate’ the electorate as if adult voters in their area are ignorant or stupid. It’s a “we know what’s best for you” attitude which betrays an amazing arrogance and sense of superiority. The consultation they now plan is a complete sham given that the decision to merge has already been made. It’s hard to imagine a more out of touch, elitist, undemocratic group. The only interests they want to represent are their own and we deserve better.
2017-10-15 00:43:01 +0100
50 signatures reached
2017-10-14 20:00:53 +0100
25 signatures reached
2017-10-14 19:12:54 +0100
10 signatures reached
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