Sefton – The troubled Borough – Southport being invited to leave?

In some ways it would be no surprise to hear that Southport’s councillors want Southport to leave Sefton. The former County Borough of Southport has, of course, always been unhappy about being dumped into one of the many odd creations of the Tories 1974 local government reorganisation.

But to give the Borough’s Sefton Councillors from Southport their due they have always tried to make Sefton work as well as it can for their seaside town despite them being opposed to its creation. However, things seem to have moved on and in a far from positive way as the article below shows from a recent edition of Southport News:-


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Whilst at face value being invited to leave the Borough is what most Sandgrounders would want to see the fact is that Southport is stuck with being in Sefton for the foreseeable future so it needs assurance and confidence that the Town will be getting its fair share of the Borough’s resources and that the Council’s Bootle based Leaders are actually taking notice of Southport’s needs. Can Southport’s councillors have such confidence based on the reaction of Labour’s Bootle Bucks to a simple plea for access to Ainsdale Beach to be maintained in the winter months?

Sefton Council – New Leader but same old Bootle Bucks dominance

So Sefton has a new Leader (Cllr. Ian Maher) and surprise, surprise it’s another Labour Councillor from Bootle and his Deputy will be, yes you have guessed it, another Labour Councillor from Bootle (Cllr. John Fairclough).

The Bootle Labour Party has dominated Sefton politics for some years now with Bill Esterson’s Sefton Central Labour tribe being kept firmly away from power even though they are the voting fodder that enables the Bootle Labour Bucks to dominate us all in the Borough.

Peter Dowd was a Leader of some ability and I say that as someone who opposed him over many things in my time on Sefton Council. Peter was was a quick thinker on his feet and his speeches were usually of high quality whether you agreed with him or not. What I can’t see here is a Labour and indeed Council leadership that can match Peter Dowd’s skills. Is that why Peter is staying on as a councillor despite having just been elected MP for Bootle?