RESIDENTS most likely to be affected by the custody suite in Runcorn will not get the representation they deserve when it comes to the site's management, a councillor has claimed.
Newly elected Liberal Democrat Chris Inch, who represents Daresbury, says it is unfair that out of the three seats on the Police Custody Suite Liaison Panel only one will be a representative of the wards closest to the holding cells.
He said: 'Prior to the election, it was agreed that three local councillors would be part of the group.
'At the election the majority of the people of East Runcorn voted for Liberal Democrat councillors, many of whom actively opposed the siting of the custody suite in Manor Park. Local electors had every right to suppose that more than one of these councillors would represent them on the Custody Suite Liaison Panel. How wrong they were!'
He said, following a decision by the mainly Labour executive board, two of the three councillor places would be taken by Labour appointees - leaving only one for the six opposition councillors who represent Daresbury, Windmill Hill and Norton North.
Cllr Inch added: 'It's hard to see how any Labour councillors appointed to the panel could be described as local, as none of them represent the wards closest to this development.'
He said he would be appealing to the leader of the council, Tony McDermott, who is due to select the two councillor members of the panel, to appoint an opposition local councillor as one of his nominees.