BOROUGH Tory group leader Myles Hogg describes local government reorganisation as “excellent news” for residents.
But he stressed those councillors who are elected to serve on the new West Cheshire council will have to be “at the top of their game” to ensure Ellesmere Port and Neston still receives its fair share of resources.
He 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.
A similar authority for East Cheshire is also being created. It means the end of Cheshire’s six present district councils, as well as the 117-year-old county council.
Cllr Hogg (Willaston & Thornton) said: “It is excellent news. I have supported unitary government for years.
“In the past when our organisation just wanted to join up with Chester, I thought we would be too small and Ellesmere Port would be overlooked.
“But it makes it much more sustainable by having Vale Royal with us too.”
Cllr Hogg said this was an opportunity that local politicians of all parties “have to grab”
“But this in itself will not bring change, so we should all be looking at how local services are delivered.
“One example is in council housing, as Ellesmere Port & Neston is the only one out of us, Chester and Vale Royal, which still owns and runs them. Those two already have their council houses run by housing trusts.
“So that will be one of the complications that we will have to work through,” he explained.
Cllr Hogg added: “This is a great opportunity to serve the local population even better than in the past, because of our present lack of size and small budget.
“The people elected on to the new council to represent Ellesmere Port & Neston will have to be very strong to ensure this part of the area receives its fair share of resources. The new councillors will have to be at the top of their game.”