This letter was emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org at 6:30am on Tuesday 23rd June.
The official consultation meetings are now over, we at SMS are sorely disappointed that our elected mayor did not not attend any. In fact, when interviewed by Stephen Rhodes on Monday 15th June (click here to listen – Frank is the YouTube SMS logo on the right), you seemed unaware of how many meetings had already taken place. Furthermore, in the interview, you apparently had an open mind on the future of schools structure, despite being on record as supporting a change to two-tier.
By the way, why is it that, in a council of 36 elected representatives plus a mayor, the only one who has not been elected by the voters to have responsibility over Education is you? Two years ago we elected you as mayor of Bedford Borough Council but Bedfordshire County Council had responsibility for Education. Nobody elected you as mayor of Bedford Borough Unitary Authority.
So some questions for you to ponder – perhaps you would be so good as to reply to us publically via a comment to this blog.
1. Will you now ask Jane Walker (portfolio holder for Children’s Services) to arrange a debate where all councillors and you are present and representations are made in the form of short presentations by SMS and any other significant group (Heads pro-change and Heads anti-change perhaps). This could be chaired by Phil Simpkins (Borough Chief Exec) then questions taken from the floor as in “Question Time”. Surely this is the most efficient way to allow councillors to hear all organised groups.
2. Will you also meet now in private with members of SMS to hear our concerns about the consultation and decision-making process?
3. Will you assure us that, whatever the legal advice concerning your powers, you will allow a simple majority of Full Council to decide this issue?
Please don’t leave a legacy of educational disruption Frank. That would subtract from all the good work you have done in 7 years as our mayor.
Love to Fred,