What to do with Lancashire before we all lose the will to live!

I’d been wondering where the very, very long-running saga regarding the oft-talked about reorganisation of local government in the County of Lancashire had got to and then picked up on Jim Hancock’s latest blog article which I link below (look for Lancashire Devolution):-

www.jimhancock.co.uk/hancocks-half-page/

I thought the argument about keeping all of the district councils plus a county council had been settled (or is that an imposed settlement) in that like many other areas of England the councils would all be unitary. But it seems that some folk still want to retain the old two-tier council arrangement, 3-tier if you included, as you should, the network of parish councils.

This is a matter I’ve covered before (see links below) and I still hold to the view that John Prescot’s plan to place half of West Lancs District/Borough into Sefton Met Borough and half into Wigan Met Borough had great merit. Yes, I know where you split West Lancs is problematic but surely solvable.

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2020/06/28/lancashire-is-it-about-to-get-an-elected-mayor/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2020/08/10/lancashire-still-squabbling-over-local-government-changes/

No, trying to keep the district councils and a county council with some convoluted system to make decisions is, in my view, a recipe for going around in circles at best and at worst it could be a disaster for local governance in Lancashire.

But where I do agree with what the Lancashire local authorities have put forward is their rejection of a Regional Mayor and I won’t bore you by yet again rehearsing my reasons for saying this. Suffice to say I’m no fan of Regional Mayors whatsoever.

Frankly, and this may sound rather illiberal, the circus has to stop and decisions have to be made otherwise we’ll be discussing this endless process of reorganising Lancashire along with the negative consequences of Brexit for the next 15 years!

Chorley bid for UDI – On the West Lancs slow track or steaming ahead?

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-28411619

The BBC has the story – see link above.

There really is little future for small District Councils in England and those that are left will be left behind if they don’t try to become Unitary councils which look after all the services in their area. The days of District Councils and separate County Councils must be numbered.

This is a well trodden route and one which, in my view, Chorley are right to take. West Lancs Council has been pondering this for a long time, probably too long, and they need to get their band wagon moving as well.