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ELECTED MAYOR FOR SALFORD
 

Star date: 29th September 2009

DOES SALFORD WANT AN ELECTED MAYOR?

A very unenthusiastic consultation by Salford Council is underway concerning the future leadership of the city. One small miserable black and white leaflet, less than two minutes `discussion' at East Salford Community Committee last week and no mention at the Langworthy and Ordsall Community Committee...nothing in this month's Life In Salford `magazine', and residents phoning us up asking what the hell is going on…

You might think that the Council leaders are trying to dodge debate on whether Salford wants an elected mayor or not.

Further details here…


Salford' Elected Mayor
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It's not Salford Council's fault – the Government has forced local authorities to review the way they are governed by next May. So there's a consultation running until Friday, November 6th with only two options available…

Option 1: An elected Mayor and Cabinet
Option 2: A `new style' Leader and Cabinet Executive.

The Mayor option is more expensive because someone has to pay for him/her/it, and you can't get rid of him/her/it for four years. The Leader option means more power for the Leader, who can, in theory, be removed at any time by the full council. The full details are available here

The Salford Star never tells anyone how to think or vote so we're not recommending either option – but we would like to see an Option 3: Real democracy; that no one person has Stalin-style power to rule Salford, and where real power is put back in the hands of the community.

Unfortunately Option 3 isn't on the list. But we did vote for it on the comments bit of the online voting form – five times  – just to show how the consultation can be rigged by vested interests. Iraq and Afghanistan have got nothing on Salford.

Meanwhile, residents like Joyce Fitzpatrick from Langworthy would like to see more of a song and dance made out of the whole consultation…

"I just wanted to say how disappointed I am to see this filed away under `consultations' on the salford.gov website" she writes "I note that the closing date is 6th Nov....what happens then? Not much of a consultation if you don't know about it in the first instance...is it? Is there any chance that any of our councillors might want to rise to the challenge and convince us that either option is preferable?"

Pssstvote for Option 3, you know it makes sense!!!

Lance Boyle wrote
at 20:00:56 on 14 August 2011
An Elected mayor really does make sense . We would not require the ' services ' of over-rated , overpaid , over-valued Scary either , saving wastage of an obscene 200+ grand . We would be able to get rid of the non-jobs this crap council is stuffed with at the same time . We will then be able to reduce the obscene level of council tax we are extorted to pay in this Ponzi scheme city .
 
the pimpernelle wrote
at 16:18:07 on 14 August 2011
An accountable elected mayor, bring it on.Labour leader of this council JOHN MERRY must be crapping him self, soon won't be able sell Salford to his rich businessmen friends & property developers
 
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