Hundreds call on council leader to resign

By Martin Neville

Friday, February 22, 2013

 

Hundreds call on council leader to resign

Petition organiser Julia Hill.

MORE than 270 people have signed an online petition calling on Isle of Wight Council leader David Pugh to resign.

The petition, started ten days ago, is spearheaded by East Cowes resident Julia Hill, who claimed people were worried about the council and the way it operates.

Cllr Pugh, who became leader in 2007, said people would have the opportunity to express their views in May’s elections.

Ms Hill said: "This petition gives people from everywhere on the Island a chance to have their say.

"My own issues include the ridiculous planning process relating to the asphalt plant in Cowes because I really fear for the health of my children.

"Other people are concerned about Cowes Enterprise College or the huge Pennyfeathers estate but we are all disconnected."

She added: "I want to pull all of us together so that Mr Pugh can put his side of the story on these and other matters and we will judge him on that.

"One of the many comments on the petition says he never replies to e-mails so let’s see if he responds to this."

Other concerns highlighted in the petition include:

•The "inadequate" rating of child protection by Ofsted

•lClosure of libraries, tourist information centres and Ryde Theatre

•Changes to waste collection services

• The highways PFI

Ms Hill will send the petition to Cllr Pugh for a response.

Mr Pugh said: "Two hundred signatures represents less than 0.5 per cent of residents who voted in the last local elections in 2009.

"The petition is therefore unlikely to be considered as an indicator of wider public opinion."

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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