The current system concentrates power in the hands of just eleven councillors in the ‘Cabinet’; this has produced bad decision after bad decision, and stoked a factional, divisive, party-political culture at the council, where a huge amount of energy is wasted on political point-scoring. It needs to go.
Change starts here. To force a referendum on moving to a modern, ‘full committee’ system, we need to present a petition to the council signed by 5% of the borough’s registered electorate - that is 11,568 confirmed signatures.
We did ask the council to host this petition on their website - but they refused.
Despite nothing in the law stopping them, and their constitution actively welcoming petitions, they seem wedded to the current system and are taking an extreme position against a potential referendum.
It looks like they are afraid of residents having more say in the system, which is really disappointing. We hope they change their minds, but we are determined to plough on and get to the magic number of 11,568, regardless.