Would Liverpool Mayor be good for Southport?

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Labour Mayor Joe Anderson has been in charge of Liverpool for one year this week. He wants to be elected as Mayor over Southport, St Helens and Wirral as well. Joe Anderson was elected to power last May on an absolute manifesto promise to restore weekly bin collections. The precise words on page 10 of his Mayoral manifesto were:

“”I promise to keep weekly bin collections.”
Mayor Anderson’s promise chimed with the wishes of Conservative Minister Eric Pickles who said:
“IT’S a basic right for every English man and woman to be able to put the remnants of their chicken tikka masala in their bin without having to wait a fortnight for it to be collected.
But Mayor Anderson has now admitted that weekly bin collections would cost the City between £6 million and £11 million so he has abandoned this pledge. 136,000 properties in Liverpool will go over to fortnightly collection before September 2015. This is estimated to increase recycling from 26 per cent to 36 per cent – a massive improvement but still nowhere near as good as Sefton MBC’s present rate of 40 per cent.
When Mayor Anderson publicly gave up on the policy which had seen him elected, Liverpool Daily Post journalist David Bartlett wrote:
there is now a virtually consensus behind adopting fortnightly bin collections, and given the huge savings it will deliver and the improvements in recycling why not do it now?”
This week, Joe Anderson and Southport MP John Pugh debated on BBC TV the usefulness (or lack of it) of having a single ‘elected mayor’ for a region around a city like Liverpool. Mr Anderson boasted of his trips round the globe on Liverpool’s behalf and says having one man will make him ‘accountable’. Like he was accountable for his weekly bin promise?
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