Bingham Deserves Better petition calling for a town council to be dissolved now in the hands of Rushcliffe Borough Council
A petition that calls for a town council to be dissolved has been delivered.
Organisers of the Bingham Deserves Better petition have said the 7.5% threshold of signatures needed for consideration had been met.
However, it is now in the hands of Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) to confirm this, and submit a decision.
Created by Bingham residents, the petition followed months of publicly-aired issues on the town council and concerns over how it is being run.
The petition was launched on February 18 and attracted more than 800 signatures in just over a week. The aim is to get RBC to undertake a Community Governance Review of the town council.
Once the petition has been considered, and depending on the borough’s conclusion, there is potential for the town council to be dismantled.
The borough council would then take over the running of it until elections are able to be held. This could be a national first.
Tony Fox, former Independent councillor and organiser of the petition, said: "Last Thursday, April 8, I delivered the petition personally to RBC. With the e-version topped up with some hard copy last minute additions, it was presented with 940 supporters.
"I am quietly optimistic RBC will be able to validate enough names to exceed the 7.5% of the electoral role threshold. However, the petition is still open — although activity is dormant — and will be resurrected if necessary via further promotion.
"For RBC’s review, they will start the validation process after the May 6 elections. If they find the petition ’sound’, then under the law they have one year to carry out any action, if any they decide to carry out.
"The petition asks that they carry out a Community Governance Review of the Bingham Town Council."
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."
A petition calling for the same review is currently being considered by East Devon District Council.
It is not known when a conclusion will be reached, which could allow Rushcliffe’s determination to be an unprecedented first.
To view the petition, go to you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/bingham-deserves-better-7