A damning letter in today's Echo from a Mr Barker. He writes "Myself and my wife are firmly against an elected mayor for Darlington. As an ex-resident of Middlesbrough, I personally fear the consequences of having a local despot. My wife Linda signed the petition for a mayor because she was told that it was a petition against a mayor. I just wonder how many have been similarly misled?"
Indeed. Did the petition organisers spell out that the cost of consultation and the referendum/election of the Mayor would set the town back at least a quarter of a million pounds? Or that the plan concentrates power in the hands of just one person, as feared by Mr Barker? I guess not. It'll be interesting to see if there are any further conned residents like Mr Barker writing to Hear All Sides.