UPDATE: Wirral council leader appointed chair of Merseyside super council

Wirral Globe: Cllr Phil Davies Cllr Phil Davies

WIRRAL council leader Phil Davies has been appointed as the chair of Merseyside’s new “super council”.

Addressing the combined authority’s inaugural meeting at Mann Island in Liverpool today, Tuesday, Cllr Davies said it was “an honour and a privilege to be appointed”.

The Labour councillor will now head the region’s combined authority, with Knowsley leader Cllr Ron Round taking up the vice chair seat.

Cllr Davies said: “I believe that we have huge potential to take the city region forward around the growth plan.

“I sincerely believe that we can be a formidable force in the job we have got ahead of competing with other city regions not just in the UK but elsewhere.”

Controversy had surrounded the proposed name for the authority after the Government favoured the “tongue twister” title of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral Combined Authority’.

The meeting at Mann Island saw members instead opt to use the name ‘Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’ after a motion as put forward by St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald, who said the Government had imposed the “unworkable title” despite all councils agreeing on the simpler name.

Around 50 people attended the meeting – described by Cllr Davies as a “landmark event”.

Merseytravel and other regional bodies will now be answerable to the authority, which will co-ordinate efforts to boost trade and co-operation between the different councils in the region, as well as creating thousands of jobs.

The next meeting of the combined authority will take place on June 13 at Mann Island, Liverpool.

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12:47pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Thepleb says...

Great decision get ready for job cuts,expenses rises,bulls##t investments in twenty years time he hasn't exactly got a proven track record in the successful running of an authority, would love to see the super duper combined debt these idiots have amassed and do we still need 66 chairs at the clown hall.
Great decision get ready for job cuts,expenses rises,bulls##t investments in twenty years time he hasn't exactly got a proven track record in the successful running of an authority, would love to see the super duper combined debt these idiots have amassed and do we still need 66 chairs at the clown hall. Thepleb
  • Score: 7

1:14pm Tue 1 Apr 14

JohnON says...

@Thepleb: Be fair. It *is* All Fools Day.
@Thepleb: Be fair. It *is* All Fools Day. JohnON
  • Score: 8

2:10pm Tue 1 Apr 14

the99% says...

Will they deal with the Mersey tunnels surplus issue? Will they scrap tolls? If not they will be doing the exact opposite to their stated intention.
Will they deal with the Mersey tunnels surplus issue? Will they scrap tolls? If not they will be doing the exact opposite to their stated intention. the99%
  • Score: 9

2:13pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Inkman says...

Everything is about to hit rock bottom
Everything is about to hit rock bottom Inkman
  • Score: 9

2:25pm Tue 1 Apr 14

bigfoot says...

I hope that this is an April Fool as the subject of the article is an appropriate fool.if not God help us!
I hope that this is an April Fool as the subject of the article is an appropriate fool.if not God help us! bigfoot
  • Score: 8

3:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

JohnON says...

I suspect making Cllr Davies chair is a crafty move on the Liverpool clique's part to stop him complaining when so few of the claimed "benefits" of a combined council come Wirral's way.
I suspect making Cllr Davies chair is a crafty move on the Liverpool clique's part to stop him complaining when so few of the claimed "benefits" of a combined council come Wirral's way. JohnON
  • Score: 5

3:11pm Tue 1 Apr 14

ballacrain says...

We are all doomed. Man the lifeboats.

Ballacrain
We are all doomed. Man the lifeboats. Ballacrain ballacrain
  • Score: 9

3:19pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Mmm, interesting development. Tbh, I believe that working in partnership is a good move if handled properly. It makes sense to pull together an cross council Economic Development Team to work together to bring in funding to develop Merseyside. The problem is will all the leaders et al be prepared to leave their respective egos at the door?
Mmm, interesting development. Tbh, I believe that working in partnership is a good move if handled properly. It makes sense to pull together an cross council Economic Development Team to work together to bring in funding to develop Merseyside. The problem is will all the leaders et al be prepared to leave their respective egos at the door? Joeblogg85
  • Score: 1

3:25pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Thepleb says...

Definition of Super; high grade, quality
Definition of Daffy Davies; full of sh#t
What will be the financial reward for chairing this esteem SUPER council?
Definition of Super; high grade, quality Definition of Daffy Davies; full of sh#t What will be the financial reward for chairing this esteem SUPER council? Thepleb
  • Score: 4

6:06pm Tue 1 Apr 14

reliant22 says...

Yes indeed!
If that is for real, God help us all!
Yes indeed! If that is for real, God help us all! reliant22
  • Score: 4

6:07pm Tue 1 Apr 14

reliant22 says...

reliant22 wrote:
Yes indeed!
If that is for real, God help us all!
But read it again.......yesterda
y was Monday!!
Shysters!
[quote][p][bold]reliant22[/bold] wrote: Yes indeed! If that is for real, God help us all![/p][/quote]But read it again.......yesterda y was Monday!! Shysters! reliant22
  • Score: 1

8:40pm Tue 1 Apr 14

ballacrain says...

Reading the Echo tonight it would seem that there is all ready a fallout. Handbags are coming out.

Ballacrain
Reading the Echo tonight it would seem that there is all ready a fallout. Handbags are coming out. Ballacrain ballacrain
  • Score: 5

7:18pm Wed 2 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

Davies will be quickly removed and dumped within a short time.
Davies will be quickly removed and dumped within a short time. PaulCa
  • Score: 3

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