ELLESMERE Port could end up with its own town council under the local government changes.
That’s the view of Liberal Democrat leader on the borough council, Derek Gaskell.
He spoke out after the Government approved the merger of the borough council with its counterparts in Chester and Vale Royal to create a “super-council” for West Cheshire called a unitary authority, which will handle all local government services from dustbin collections and street lamps to education and highways.
A similar large council will be created for East Cheshire. It, however, means the end of Cheshire’s six district councils and the county council.
Cllr Gaskell, who represents Riverside ward in Neston, said: “This will be very good for Cheshire. Just one huge authority, like the county council wanted to become, was just too big.
“That proposal just doesn’t have the ingenuity and foresight that the two-councils proposal has got. Now we are moving that forward.
“I just hope the county council can accept this decision.
“It is a wonderful opportunity which we are enthusiastic and determined about.”
When asked by the Pioneer if local government changes meant an end to plans to create a new parish council just for the Neston area, Cllr Gaskell explained: “No, it doesn’t affect that at all.”
He went on: “The parish council is a good thing which will make it easier for local people to have their say on the things that matter to them.
“I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Ellesmere Port getting its own parish, or probably town, council.
“It could happen after people look at the parish council working in Neston and see what they can get for their money. It’s a great opportunity to get everyone to work together for the good of the community.”