Mayoral system in city's best interests
The petition to remove the city mayor seems to be based on a misunderstanding of the events referred to.
For example, in the case of travellers' sites, the Government requires the city council to provide permanent sites.
The mayor does not have any choice about whether, only where.
Moreover, we seem to have remarkably short memories – it is not long since everyone was complaining about illegal sites and saying the council must provide permanent sites.
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Mr McCaffrey seems to have cast around in the back of his mind for any controversial topic he can remember and then assumed the issue was the responsibility of the mayor.
When he says that "the mayor does not listen", what he means is that the mayor has not done exactly as he wants on one particular issue.
In fact, on almost all of the issues he mentions, the mayor has shown that he is prepared to listen.
Do we want a mayor who tries never to upset anyone and never to take an unpopular decision?
That way we may as well go back to the short-termism of the previous system (which I seem to remember was not popular).
City mayors, thank goodness, are able to take a longer-term view. The city needs to attract jobs and investment.
To do that, it has to be an attractive place to live and work and that means spending money. We cannot simply draw in our horns and stand still.
I believe the mayoral system is in the best interests of this city, by allowing decisions to be taken that are in its long-term interests.
We are fortunate to have an able and dedicated city mayor. I certainly will not be signing this petition and hope others will consider the wider picture and not simply short-term disgruntlement.
S Mason, Leicester.