DISHEARTENED council chiefs have admitted defeat in their fight to stop the Government’s controversial plan to carve Cheshire in two.
Congleton Borough Council had reserved the right to appeal against last month’s High Court ruling that the actions of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears, in announcing the split, were lawful.
But after a meeting of a panel of cross party councillors, leaders have decided to give up.
The appeal was financed with funding pledges totalling £150,000 received from supporting bodies including Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council.
Now councillors say they are dedicated to successfully implementing the new Cheshire East Council, which will see Congleton merged with Crewe and Nantwich Borough and Macclesfield Borough.
In a statement Congleton Borough said: “This council deplores that process undertaken to reach a decision on the future of local government in Cheshire.
“It deeply regrets that the views of the public do not appear to have been given any consideration and feels justified in taking the judicial review and appeal forward as we are fighting for democracy.”