The debate is hotting up over whether Cardiff should have a directly elected mayor as Cardiff Council leader Rodney Berman says the city does not need one.
In an interview with WalesOnline, Mr Berman argues the city already has leadership and he has overseen projects such as the wholesale modernisation of Cardiff’s Central Square, the creation of a convention centre to boost the city’s economy and the continued development of the International Sports Village.
Mr Berman has faced criticism from Cardiff North MP Jonathan Morgan and former Labour council leader Russell Goodway about the vision and direction of Cardiff Council.
Jonathan Morgan started the debate about a directly elected mayor in a blog post on the Cardiff East blog and since then the debate has continued over whether Cardiff needs one.
Since Morgan’s first post two weeks ago we’ve seen former BBC journalist Guto Harri and aide to Boris Johnson back the idea of a mayor and chair of Cardiff’s Civic Society Peter Cox has come out fighting for a directly-elected official.
Giovanni Malacrino, Grangetown born and restaurant owner, has thrown his hat into the ring if there was to be a contest.
A poll on WalesOnline currently suggests that 65 per cent of people are against the idea of a mayor for Cardiff.
The social media world has also been abuzz with comments about the idea, with a Twitter account appearing saying if it gets 1,000 followers a campaign will be started to trigger a referendum on the issue. A Facebook group has also been started about getting a mayor for Cardiff.
What do you think about the idea of an elected mayor for Cardiff? Do you think Berman is doing a good job? Does Cardiff have the leadership and vision it needs? Let us know your views in the comments below