DEFIANT Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council political leaders have unanimously condemned Government's proposals to abolish the council without giving the public a say.
They say plans for a shake-up of local government in Cheshire, which envisage a single-tier 'unitary' County Council or two separate Cheshire authorities for East and West, are un-democratic and ignore the views of local people
Conservative borough council leader Brian Silvester said there should be a public consultation over whether or not to axe the council.
He said: 'The Government is consulting all the major stakeholders, but have overlooked the biggest stakeholder of all, the public.
'If the Government are not going to consult the public, we will.
'We are fighting to save our political lives. To abolish councils that have been here for 100 years without consulting the public is a democratic outrage.'
Cllr Steve Hogben, the borough's Labour group leader, said any change would dramatically alter the relationship of the public and its representatives.
'If someone wants to complain about an issue, the first people they are likely to go to are local councillors.
'I think you will find that 80% of the complaints go to the councillors in the districts rather than to county councillors.'
Cllr Hogben said his party was against a single or dual unitary system.
'Although the Labour group is yet to have a meeting to discuss this, we still support the option for three unitary councils for the county.'
That proposal, put forward by Ellesmere Port and Neston borough councils, has now been ruled out.
Liberal-Democrat group leader Gwyn Griffiths said: 'I feel that of the two options the Government have put forward, neither will be an option that people will feel comfortable with.
'There's been no consultation at all. This is nothing more than a political carve-up.'
'What the Government should have been prepared to do is look at sensible structures around people's natural affiliations.'
The Government's 12-week consultation of 51 key stakeholders' begins this week.
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