2,700 sign petition
A PETITION set up to oppose plans by Cornwall Council to transfer services to a new private company has attracted more than 2,700 signatures in less than a week.
Cornwall councillor Andrew Wallis set up the online petition after his motion against the council's shared services plan was supported by fellow councillors before being ignored by the council's leading Cabinet, which said it would continue with its plan.
Since it was launched last week, the petition has collected 2,734 signatures online and Mr Wallis has sent out dozens of paper copies which have been signed by hundreds more people.
The Porthleven and Helston councillor said that he had been "amazed" by the response.
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He said: "I am bowled over by how many people have got involved with this, the response in less than a week is nothing short of amazing."
Under council rules, if the petition collects more than 1,000 signatures, the motion has to go before one of the council's overview and scrutiny committees. If it reaches 5,000 signatures, it will trigger a full council debate on the subject.
Mr Wallis said: "To be over the halfway mark already is brilliant and it shows that the public are interested in what happens at County Hall.
"Some people say they are signing it because they don't want their services privatised, but others are signing it because the Cabinet ignored the council vote last week.
"It has turned into a debate not just about the future of council services but about local democracy as well."