Guildford Labour Party will be out and about across the Borough in the next few weeks campaigning against the introduction of a Directly Elected Mayor.
Councillors Angela Gunning and James Walsh and other party members distributed cross-party leaflets against the proposal last Saturday outside The Co-operative Food, Woodbridge Hill, Guildford and the Labour Party stall will be visiting different wards across the Borough each weekend until the referendum is held on 13th October.
Voters will get the chance to choose whether they wish to replace the Leader of the Council with a Directly Elected Mayor. Guildford Labour Party is against the proposal because:
A Directly Elected Mayor would cost more than £250,000 a year - an extra £1 million from local taxation over their four-year term. At a time of prolonged cuts to the funding of local government, we can’t afford to waste money on a pointless extra layer of bureaucracy when it’s needed more than ever for essential services.
A Directly Elected Mayor could not be removed during his four-year term, no matter how unpopular their policies. At the moment, the Leader of the Council can be ejected by the other Councillors if he or she loses their confidence.
We would lose the current position of Civic Mayor, which is a non-political position. The Civic Mayor and Deputy Mayor attend events throughout the Borough, meeting residents and raising thousands of pounds each year for charity.