Sefton Council to debate call for Boundary Commission review

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Sefton Council to debate call for Boundary Commission review

A proposal for a Boundary Commission review into the structure of the Sefton area is to be debated by councillors at this Thursday’s Council Meeting

Liberal Democrat councillors are proposing a motion which calls for a formal independent review into the relationship between Southport and Sefton.

Birkdale’s Cllr Iain Brodie Browne, Leader of the Lib Dem Group, says that Sefton has failed to live up to the recommendations put forward in 1997 when the Boundary Commission last looked at the ‘Southport out of Sefton’ issue.

“In one of their key recommendations the Commission stated that ‘the encouragement of a culture within Sefton Council which recognises the distinctiveness and importance of Southport and other parts of the borough is needed. We have seen little evidence that Sefton Council as a whole has this kind of decentralised approach and thinking.’  If anything Sefton Council has gone backwards on that point” comments Cllr Brodie Browne.

“We now have a situation where the Bootle Labour have a stranglehold on the Council’s decision-making.  That is why we think the time has come for the Boundary Commission to review again the local government structure as it affects Southport, Formby and the rest of the borough.”

“The recent experience of Labour keeping three libraries open in Bootle at the same time as they shut three in Southport is a dramatic highlighting of the problems we face.”

The Lib Dem motion calls on the Council to “write to the Local Government Boundary Committee asking them to return to the Borough of Sefton to conduct a formal Review as to whether the Commission’s recommendations in 1997 have been adequately complied with and, if not, to recommend to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how these issues should now be addressed.”

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