Mayor for Cornwall petition

A Mayor for Cornwall?

 

The government will not devolve powers to Cornwall unless a Mayor is in place.

  • A new Mayor for Cornwall would not be a member of Cornwall Council, but would exist above it.

  • They would take key responsibilities from elected Members in return for devolved powers from Westminster. These powers would not include planning, housing policy, health or education but they would allow revision of the rating system to penalise second home owners.

 

A bit of history

Since 2000, councils have had the right to a directly-elected mayor, chosen by local voters (or not, as proposed in Cornwall), to replace the job of council leader – a role usually occupied by the leader of the majority party on the council. Only a handful of councils chose to have a mayor, who is essentially doing the job of the former council leader. This is more than just a figurehead role: it’s the most important local political position and includes leading the council and its councillors.

 

Comments from Cornwall

Critics say that

  • there is no need for Mayor

  • the system is unsuited to Cornwall

  • it would add to bureaucracy and could cost the taxpayer a lot of money.

     

Demand a vote on whether we can directly elect a Mayor by signing the petition.

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