...but the Referendum is likely to go ahead.
After a whole 12 months, the Mayoral Referendum campaign organisers handed in the petition, boasting that with over 4,700 names, they had easily crossed the finishing line of 3,808 signatures.
It's just been announced, however, that in fact they fell short by 79 names. The petition is therefore invalid. Whether or not to allow the Referendum to go ahead will be a decision for a specially-convened Council meeting, with there being the option for the Council to apply voluntarily for a Referendum to be held.
At the meeting, I understand that Cllr. John Williams will be urging all sides of Council to ask the Secretary of State that a Referendum be held. Labour Councillors will have a free vote on the issue, and I would hope that the other parties adopt the same position. Party politics shouldn't come into this.
It's astonishing that with a former DBC Chief Exective as one of their organisers, the Referendum campaigners still managed to cock-up the process, with so many names disbarred. Now at least Council will have the final say, and hopefully a sensible date set for the poll, probably 27 September 2007.
The organisers still seem some way short of being able to run that whelk stall...