ELLESMERE Port will still have a mayor after the local government shake-up.
That was the pledge from borough council and Labour group leader Justin Madders, and borough Tory group leader Myles Hogg.
They both spoke out after the Government approved the merger of the borough council with its counterparts in Chester and Vale Royal to form one large “super-council” known as a unitary authority.
Cllr Madders, who represents Ledsham, said: “I can confirm we will keep the role of mayor for Ellesmere Port and Neston.
“There has been some discussion about this between the councils. Chester was anxious to keep its traditional role of Lord Mayor of Chester.
“We were also keen to keep our mayor, as was Vale Royal.
“So it has been decided we will have three mayors for the three respective areas in the new council.”
Cllr Hogg (Willaston & Thornton), who was borough mayor in 2003/04, said the topic of keeping the mayoral roles had been a slight “sticking point” in meetings, but he was glad to see the position was being retained.