Thanet needs the highly visible and accountable leadership of an elected Mayor to deliver our collective vision for the future.
An elected mayor (Council Leader) and his/her council will be obliged to act fairly between all the towns, villages, voluntary and community groups in Thanet.
“Government, MPs, MEPs, KCC, business leaders and community leaders will ALL take an ELECTED Mayor (Council Leader) more seriously, because:
His/her mandate comes directly from the public, not parties.
He/she will be a stronger and more charismatic leader.
He/she will be ‘voted in’ for 4 years. ”
The elected Mayor will choose the best councillors for the key jobs from the range of parties represented, and will persuade them to work towards decisions that are good for the whole community in Thanet , not just what is desired by one political party or another.
Ramsgate and Broadstairs have a mayor, but these are purely ceremonial roles which rotate between councillors, with no actual power. These honorary roles will be continued and do not affect the direct election of a Mayor for Thanet, who will lead the whole of the district council.
Then we vote him/her out again after 4 years (sooner if a vote of no confidence is declared by 75% of the councillors). Currently, we the electorate, have no power to vote out the leader of the council, at any stage.
Anyone can stand for election as Mayor (Council Leader), party members or independents, even you!
5% of the Thanet electorate (4,997 people) need to sign the petition in order to ask for a Yes/No referendum on electing a Mayor (Council Leader) for Thanet.
With 4,997 or more signatures, there will be a referendum in May 2016 in which you can vote for or against electing a Mayor (Council Leader) with greater accountability to the electorate, towns, villages, communities and voluntary groups.
If a majority vote YES in the referendum, there will be a mayoral contest later in 2016. Whoever wins that becomes the elected Mayor (Council Leader) of Thanet for the next 4 years.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION
Due to the nature of this petition, we are obliged to collect handwritten signatures. We are not able to collect digital signatures on line.
However, in order to make it as simple as possible, please do as follows:
Print off, carefully fill in and sign the petition form.
Scan the signed form and email it back to us at
Fold, secure edges, affix stamp and post to the address given.