A MARCH businessman is launching a bid to get a directly elected Mayor of Fenland.
Matthew Broadfield, proprietor of Cambridgeshire Computers and organiser of the Fenland Festival, is collecting signatures, calling for a referendum.
If he manages to gather 3.300 signatures a referendum could be called to ask the public if they want an elected Mayor rather than a leader for the district council.
Mr Broadfield said: “I just don’t think a leader of the council with only 424 votes from the public is very democratic.
“If you have a Mayor of Fenland, that person will be for the voters.”
Mr Broadfield’s bid comes six years after a similar attempt by former Elm parish councillor Robert Pinnock.
Mr Pinnock collected more than 3,800 signatures in 2005, but failed to get a referendum after more than 500 of the votes were disqualified.
• Mr Broadfield’s petition can be signed in his shop on Broad Street, March.