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Newark and Sherwood: Petition calling for Bingham Town Council to be dissolved launched by concerned members of public

A petition calling for a town council to be dissolved has been launched by concerned members of the public.

Created by Bingham residents, the extraordinary petition comes after months of publicly-aired issues on the town council and concern over how it is run — which have been extensively reported by The Advertiser.

The petition explains: "'Bingham deserves better' was the response of the chair of Rushcliffe Borough Council's Standards Committee (September 2020) to numerous complaints made against councillors at Bingham Town Council over the last year.

Bingham Market Place. (42954219)
Bingham Market Place. (42954219)

"So what has been going on?

"Considerable time and money has been spent on 'staff issues' to the detriment of infrastructure projects. We also believe that progress on issues highlighted in the 2016 ‘Community Led Plan’ and the ‘Brilliant Bingham’ initiative for the future of Bingham have been stifled by these distractions and regrettably neither fully embraced.

"This has led to ineffective performance, a weakened non-inclusive community and council, where civic values, responsibility, and pride have been undermined, resulting in a lack of efficiency and community cohesion where standard governance rules have been broken.

"(We would like Rushcliffe Borough Council to) dissolve the council and take over the operation until new elections can be held, (as well as) resetting the culture and strengthen the procedures at the council so that the above mentioned concerns cannot continue."

The petition calls on Rushcliffe Borough Council to undertake a Community Governance Review under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (using the 2010 guidance).

Bingham Town Council Mayor John Stockwood said: "We are aware a former town councillor is running an online petition. We understand it may be presented to Rushcliffe Borough Council, who will consider it further."

This petition is open to everyone on the Bingham electoral roll.

You can view and sign the Bingham Deserves Better petition here.

Covid restrictions have resulted the campaign being launched as an e-petition in the knowledge that Rushcliffe Borough Council have the legal powers under this legislation to proactively undertake this review if they are so minded.

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