We have collected more than 3,000 signatures, online and on the streets, on our petition (http://petitions.barnet.gov.uk/StopOneBarnet/). Text:
We, residents of Barnet, are alarmed at the council's plan known as the ONE BARNET PROGRAMME, to hand over our public services to private for-profit companies. We call for an immediate stop to these measures until the issue is put to the electorate in the form of a simple YES or NO referendum on the ONE BARNET PROGRAMME.After handing the petition to a deputation of councillors, including Labour Group Leader Alison Moore, we will attend the meeting of the Business Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee that considers the petition at 7pm in the Town Hall.
Our 'lead petitioner' is Janet Maddison who, on the strength of the signatures we have collected so far, has the right to address the committee meeting and take questions from it.
Please join us for this first formal presentation of the residents' case against the One Barnet outsourcing programme to the council.
[That means you, dear blogpost reader, although the text above came from the press reminder I sent out this morning. VM]