Wirral councillors vote to become part of combined Merseyside authority

Wirral Globe: Wirral votes in favour of becoming part of combined Merseyside authority Wirral votes in favour of becoming part of combined Merseyside authority

WIRRAL Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors united in favour of the borough becoming part of a combined Merseyside authority.

During a heated meeting at Wallasey Town Hall, the move was approved 42 to 19 in support of leader Phil Davies' proposal to join the region's five other authorities.

The combined authority will be established on April 1. Its creation puts the new body in line for a share of a £2bn "single growth pot" the Government had made available over the next five years in England.

An amendment by Hoylake Conservative councillor John Hale called on the council to consider a holding a referendum before a final decision was made. But it was defeated by the same 42-to-19 margin.

Councillor Hale said: "With the proposed new council there will be six council leaders.

"Five of these will feature people who will not be representative of Wirral, or will be living in Wirral.

"It is the absolute antithesis to democracy. I don't think it's incumbent on anybody to transfer these powers to another body. I think there is a need for a referendum."

But Cllr Davies said it was vital the region takes the step: "To somehow suggest this is an idea generated by Wirral Labour group is utter nonsense.

"The idea of combined authorities was formed by the Conservative and Lib Dem coalition.

"We've heard a lot of waffle that this will operate another level of bureaucracy. Absolutely not. It makes so much sense to have a combined authority."

Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Phil Gilchrist agreed, saying: "We'd be shooting ourselves in the foot if we don't take part in this organisation."

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7:29am Tue 11 Mar 14

PaulCa says...

More talking shops. More Expenses to claim.
But still "Cash neutral"
More talking shops. More Expenses to claim. But still "Cash neutral" PaulCa
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8:20am Tue 11 Mar 14

JohnON says...

No prizes for guessing where Wirral will be in the queue when it comes to getting our share of government grants.

I wonder who our esteemed leaders will blame for Wirral's poor share of any grants then.
No prizes for guessing where Wirral will be in the queue when it comes to getting our share of government grants. I wonder who our esteemed leaders will blame for Wirral's poor share of any grants then. JohnON
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8:24am Tue 11 Mar 14

bigfoot says...

What a 'brave' move!
What a 'brave' move! bigfoot
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9:25am Tue 11 Mar 14

Growl Tiger says...

More time spent by officers and councillors travelling to meetings, higher claims for petrol and wear and tear on vehicles, larger subsistence allowances for time away from base plus an overall increase in tunnel tolls. How can this be cost neutral for Wirral residents?
More time spent by officers and councillors travelling to meetings, higher claims for petrol and wear and tear on vehicles, larger subsistence allowances for time away from base plus an overall increase in tunnel tolls. How can this be cost neutral for Wirral residents? Growl Tiger
  • Score: -11

10:59am Tue 11 Mar 14

level42 says...

Part of a combined Merseyside authority? At last common sense prevails. Anyone who has watched Evan Davis's excellent TV programmes 'Mind The Gap' about the increasing dominance of London at the expense of areas such as the NW, Wirral, Liverpool, Manchester must realise that this is the way forward if we are to get a better share of national jobs and wealth....and it's not about getting grants! . Well done to Wirral Councillors for having the bottle to bite the bullet.
Part of a combined Merseyside authority? At last common sense prevails. Anyone who has watched Evan Davis's excellent TV programmes 'Mind The Gap' about the increasing dominance of London at the expense of areas such as the NW, Wirral, Liverpool, Manchester must realise that this is the way forward if we are to get a better share of national jobs and wealth....and it's not about getting grants! . Well done to Wirral Councillors for having the bottle to bite the bullet. level42
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1:54pm Tue 11 Mar 14

JohnON says...

level42 wrote:
Part of a combined Merseyside authority? At last common sense prevails. Anyone who has watched Evan Davis's excellent TV programmes 'Mind The Gap' about the increasing dominance of London at the expense of areas such as the NW, Wirral, Liverpool, Manchester must realise that this is the way forward if we are to get a better share of national jobs and wealth....and it's not about getting grants! . Well done to Wirral Councillors for having the bottle to bite the bullet.
All things being equal, I would agree but you only have to read about the fiasco of trying to pick a name for the combined authority to realize that, other than cllr Davies' appeasing role as figurehead, Wirral won't get a look in.

Comments like:

" Mayor Anderson says he is disappointed with the government’s decision (rejecting 'Liverpool' being in the name), saying “everyone” recognised the Liverpool brand."

and

City leader Cllr Kemp: "The core city is the most important council in the conurbation. What it does affects the whole conurbation more than the work of any other council.”

are enough to tell me this combined authority is going to be SO 'Liverpool-centric' it's doomed as far as this side of the Mersey is concerned before it even starts.

I'll give it five years.
[quote][p][bold]level42[/bold] wrote: Part of a combined Merseyside authority? At last common sense prevails. Anyone who has watched Evan Davis's excellent TV programmes 'Mind The Gap' about the increasing dominance of London at the expense of areas such as the NW, Wirral, Liverpool, Manchester must realise that this is the way forward if we are to get a better share of national jobs and wealth....and it's not about getting grants! . Well done to Wirral Councillors for having the bottle to bite the bullet.[/p][/quote]All things being equal, I would agree but you only have to read about the fiasco of trying to pick a name for the combined authority to realize that, other than cllr Davies' appeasing role as figurehead, Wirral won't get a look in. Comments like: " Mayor Anderson says he is disappointed with the government’s decision (rejecting 'Liverpool' being in the name), saying “everyone” recognised the Liverpool brand." and City leader Cllr Kemp: "The core city is the most important council in the conurbation. What it does affects the whole conurbation more than the work of any other council.” are enough to tell me this combined authority is going to be SO 'Liverpool-centric' it's doomed as far as this side of the Mersey is concerned before it even starts. I'll give it five years. JohnON
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2:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

LocaLGovwatcher says...

Without a local referendum, this regional organisation will be as unmanageable as the EU, without the will of the people in its formation.
Without a local referendum, this regional organisation will be as unmanageable as the EU, without the will of the people in its formation. LocaLGovwatcher
  • Score: -14

11:50am Sat 15 Mar 14

PaulCa says...

I've never had so many negative comments.

And I've never seen so many positive comments on what would usually be a massively unpopular idea by a conveniently anonymous first time poster.

Ugg!! Is this foul play? Do I smell a rat here?
I've never had so many negative comments. And I've never seen so many positive comments on what would usually be a massively unpopular idea by a conveniently anonymous first time poster. Ugg!! Is this foul play? Do I smell a rat here? PaulCa
  • Score: -1

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