Since the dissolution of Avon our area has thrived because it is no longer shackelled. Just the election of a Mayor would cost taxpayers £1M and we estimate that the office would cost a further £1m a year to run. Indeed we have only recently rejected the idea of an elected Mayor in B&NES.
It is not just that new powers are controlled by the new mayor but all future devolution of powers will be controlled by the Mayor.
We think this is something that should be countenanced. We agree with devolution but not being controlled by a single elected mayor.
However our main concern is that so few residents know about this consultation. Please give your views by one of the following methods.
· Online: www.westofenglanddevolution.co.uk
· Paper copies of the survey will be available from local libraries, Customer Service Points and One Stop Shops from 14 July – or by calling 0117 922 2848.
· Other formats such as braille are also available by calling 0117 922 2848.
· An audio version is available now on the website above.