20 March 2023
The actions of Conservative Council Leader Richard Bingley in relation to the Armada Way redevelopment scheme, and subsequent felling of the 110 trees by executive order have caused a public outcry and brought the council into disrepute. He bears personal responsibility for the use of the executive order to fell the trees.
He disregarded the clear results of the public engagement showing a majority against the current scheme and ignored the views of many elected councillors and thousands of residents who signed a petition calling for more trees to be saved.
His handling of the divisive scheme has been hugely damaging to our city’s reputation and has undermined public faith in our Council’s democratic process.
We believe it is therefore imperative that Councillor Bingley either resign or face a no confidence vote. It is clear he has lost the trust of Councillors and the public.
We await confirmation of the acceptance of our no confidence motion by the Council’s legal team.
Councillor Ian Poyser
Councillor George Wheeler
Councillor Lauren McLay