Local businesses offer help for the campaign.
Shared office space and coworking community venture Indycube has agreed to hold copies of the petition for signature collection in its city centre locations.
Indycube is Wales’ fastest growing network of co-workers and its services include desk hire, business support and workshops. It has locations all over Wales, with five in Cardiff city centre.
Founder of Indycube, Mark Hooper said, “”We’re really pleased to be supporting the campaign for an elected Mayor for Cardiff. Small businesses, like those in indycube, are very keen to engage in the communities in which they’re based, and this is just another example of them getting involved.
What’s more, the petitions we have in our offices, aren’t just for indycube users to sign. If you’re close to one of our locations, and want to sign, just pop in. Cardiff Bay, Cardiff St Mary St, Cardiff Trade St and our small workspace at Maes Y Coed Community Centre, Heath, all have petitions available. We may even make you a cup of coffee whilst you sign!
Our locations will have English and Welsh language petitions available.”
The campaign was launched two weeks ago on Queen Street in Cardiff with campaigners taking to the street to start collecting the 24,647 votes needed from the Cardiff electorate to trigger a referendum.
The campaign committee had asked Cardiff Council if they could keep copies of the petition in public places such as libraries and sport centres for ease of access to the public, but they have refused this request. The Council has also refused the use of electronic signatures.
If the referendum is successful and a Yes vote is won, then Cardiff could have Wales’ first directly elected Mayor in 2017. There are already 17 directly elected Mayors in England, with more on the way.