Wel­come for move to smaller coun­cil

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COUN­CIL In­de­pen­dents have wel­comed a move to start the process to re­duce the num­ber of coun­cil­lors.

A mo­tion to start the process was passed at the bor­ough coun­cil meet­ing last Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 17.

Cllr Adrian Owens said, “Our West Lan­cashire have been cam­paign­ing through­out this year to take this idea for­ward.

“In our doorstep and on­line sur­veys, it had 80% sup­port from lo­cal res­i­dents.

“We fea­tured it in our lo­cal elec­tion lit­er­a­ture in May’s elec­tions and the by-elec­tion that fol­lowed in Knowsley ward.”

“Last year, both Labour and Con­ser­va­tive dis­missed the idea, us­ing a bu­reau­cratic com­mit­tee to say there was no case for change.

“But the strength of the ar­gu­ment and our cam­paign­ing on the mat­ter has fi­nally prompted this very wel­come change.

“That’s why I was de­lighted to sec­ond Cllr Yates’s mo­tion at full coun­cil.”

Cllr Ian Davis said: “In May’s elec­tions, I stood on the pol­icy of re­duc­ing councillor num­bers by one-third and was re­elected with an in­creased ma­jor­ity.

“Peo­ple sup­ported it given the way our staff num­bers have re­duced in re­cent years. I’m pleased that an­other OWL pol­icy has borne fruit.”

Changes to councillor num­bers can only be made af­ter rec­om­men­da­tions from a Gov­ern­ment com­mit­tee and any re­port from the com­mit­tee is not likely be­fore 2020.

Cllr Adrian Owens of Our West Lan­cashire

Our West Lan­cashire’s Ian Davis said he was elected on the back of his sup­port for the pol­icy

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