6,000 in call for Cornwall re-think
A "glorious revolution" has exploded in Cornwall where nearly 6,000 people have forced contentious plans for a public/private sector union back into the debating chamber.
In less than three weeks, a petition declaring outright opposition to Cornwall Council joining forces with a private firm to create an independent enterprise has roared through a crucial threshold.
Independent councillor Andrew Wallis said it was a measure of the unease Cornish people felt over the deal which would mean council core services run by the new firm.
He called on council leader Alec Robertson and Chief Executive Kevin Lavery to take note of the mood on the streets.
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"People often sit back and just get on with their lives," he said.
"But when something like this happens they realise that they have got to get up and man the barricades to fight against privatisation.
"It's the glorious revolution."
In August, an extraordinary meeting of the cabinet of Cornwall Council rubber stamped proposals to set up an independent joint venture with a private firm.
The new company would run a myriad of services for Cornwall Council and in theory they would be able to bid for work from other organisations.
Council chiefs say the £800 million contract could save the authority at least £2.5 million a year.
But opposition to the deal – and the way it was forced through despite most councillors voting against it – has been fierce.