It seems to have worked for Bristol - could it work for Bath?
George Ferguson seems to have been a pretty successful Mayor for Bristol – but would having a Mayor work for Bath? You have probably heard that there is to be a referendum on Thursday 10th March which will give all of us a chance to vote on whether BANES should in future have an elected mayor. But what are the issues and how should you vote?
To help you decide, the Widcombe Association is organising a BBC Question Time style debate with a panel of eminent Bath personalities who have made huge contributions to the welfare of our city. It will be held at 7:30pm on Wednesday 10th February in Widcombe Baptist Church, and parking will be available at Prior Park Garden Centre.
In the David Dimbleby role will be our former chairman Paddy Doyle. Speaking for the motion we have Philip Raby (leader of the Elected Mayor for Bath Campaign and founder of the Bath Film Festival) and Stephen Taylor (director of Bath Bridge, an organisation committed to supporting projects to make Bath a better place for all). Our speakers against the motion are Paul Crossley (long-serving Lib Dem Councillor for Southdown and former leader of the Council) and Henry Brown (former chairman of the Federation of Bath Residents’ Association).
Come and hear the arguments and cross examine our speakers on their views! We will be inviting questions and comments from the audience later on in the debate but if you have a specific issue or question you’d like our speakers to address, please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can prepare their response.
It’s going to be an interesting and lively debate, so be sure to come – and tell your friends about it. We’ll have a show of hands at the beginning and at the end to find out how successful our speakers have been at getting us to change our minds!