MAYOR: What good does the role provide?

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So, we are to vote on whether our borough should have a Mayor, (News Guardian, January 28).

Strangely I don’t remember voting to have one in the first place.

Would it be possible to publish the annual cost of having a Mayor? Is the position salaried? Is it expense driven?

What is the job specification? All I see is two to three PR pictures each week.

Why do we have a Mayor? We still have a leader of the council.

Our listening mayor seemingly does not listen. The majority of the population in this borough do not want the proposed extensive housing programme to take place. We were promised consultation and consideration, albeit only for a very short window of time in December. That appeared to be lip-service.

It is with sadness, despair and anger that I now see the Bellway sales cabin erected on the first doomed land, opposite Rake Lane hospital, advertising new homes in Dove Park.

A name even. That was quick. It was obviously planned for ages. Time and effort on the consultation was wasted.

We are told this development was forced upon us by the government. Stand up and be counted.

A good and reasoned argument will always be listened to. People power, for the better or worse, has prevented the building of a new airport/runway around Heathrow for the last ten or more years, and will no doubt continue to do so for the next ten years. It is called reasoned objection.

So what good is the mayor? What benefits can we possiblyexpect? A mixed party council would be much more effective and controlled.

Carol Suddes

Whitley Bay