A VETERAN councillor says Ellesmere Port would lose its identity if the role of mayor is abolished.
Labour stalwart Brian Jones, who has been borough mayor twice, back in 1989 and 2004/05, reckons it would be a huge blow for the people of the town.
On April 1 next year a new “super council” will come into being when the county council and Ellesmere Port and Neston, Chester and Vale Royal district councils link up to form the new Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority.
Shadow council leader Mike Jones says the Government is not supportive of keeping mayors for Ellesmere Port and Neston and Vale Royal.
The borough’s current mayor is councillor Keith Butcher.
Cllr Jones (Lab, Sutton) said: “It would be very sad if we lost the mayor. Ellesmere Port would lose its identity.
“I remember when I was crowned mayor twice the Civic Hall was packed, even the balcony was full.
“The mayor is the Queen’s representative and everybody is proud of that. There is no one more important than the mayor.”
Cllr Mike Jones said: “The issue will be discussed on Thursday (special meeting of the Shadow Council).
“The Government has said that it will not support the retention of the two mayors.”
Borough council leader Justin Madders says there is cross-party support to retain the mayor.
He added that the sheer number of engagements each year would make it impossible for just one representing the whole Cheshire West and Chester to attend them all.
If the mayor was retained, charter trusts would be set up to manage the continuance of the existing civic rights.
A Communities and Local Government spokeswoman said: “The department has received representations from the two councils.
“Ministers are considering the representation of historic rights and traditions.”
She added that a decision would be made in due course.