CONTROVERSIAL plans could see the office of Lord Mayor of Chester held by a councillor representing a ward outside the city.
A shake-up of civic functions has been made necessary because of local government reorganisation which will see this area covered by the new Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) from next April.
Originally, the shadow CWAC had intended to continue existing mayoralties for Chester, Vale Royal and Ellesmere Port.
But the Department of Local Government is minded not to allow the mayoralties for Ellesmere Port and Vale Royal to continue because they are not historic enough.
Tomorrow, members of the shadow CWAC will consider an option to seek borough status, leading to the creation of a mayor for the whole of Cheshire West – who could also become Lord Mayor of Chester.
The measure would ensure the entire population was covered by a mayoralty and lead to significant savings for the Council Tax-payer.
Such a move could upset traditionalists if the office of Lord Mayor of Chester is filled by an outsider.
But shadow council leader Mike Jones says such ‘narrowmindedness’ would be “very destructive”.