VALE Royal Borough Council will be scrapped after the Government announced a shake-up of services across the county.
Two new ‘all-purpose’ authorities for East and West Cheshire will replace Cheshire County Council and the six existing district councils from April 2009, Secretary of State Hazel Blears announced last week.
The Government voiced its support for the two unitary option in July but the final decision means work to transform local government in Cheshire can now be stepped up.
The leader of Vale Royal Borough Council, Cllr Les Ford, welcomed the announcement. He said: “This is good news for the residents of Vale Royal and Cheshire.
“The new unitary council will create real and positive change in the way local government services are delivered. The new authorities are big enough to have regional significance – to attract funding and investment – yet local enough to add real value to people’s lives.”
“Our vision will be to shape public services around the residents and communities that use them.”
Cllr Ford claims the new councils “will save money and repay the set-up costs within two years”.
He added: “I am confident this change will bring benefits to all individuals and will do my best to ensure that these benefits are delivered.”
But Cheshire County Council leader, Paul Findlow, strongly criticised Whitehall’s decision.
He has consistently supported a “robustly improved” two-tier system.
Cheshire County Council revealed it would be reviewing “all options available, including legal action”.Š