Photo:(Left)Geoff Driver CBE, (Right) Damien Moore
Southport could rejoin Lancashire, believes Conservative parliamentary candidate Damien Moore.
Mr. Moore, who lives in Lancashire, said that it is entirely possible that the town could be part of the Lancashire Unitary Authority if and when local government is reorganised. After speaking to Geoff Driver CBE, the former Lancashire County Council Leader, he argued that the people of Southport ought to decide their future place. If larger administrative areas are the future of local government, then it is entirely possible that the town could join Lancashire rather than a Merseyside City Region if that’s what residents wanted.
Under Councillor Driver’s leadership, Lancashire County Council was able to save £215 million on bureaucracy whilst freezing Council Tax for three years, not only keeping libraries open but also refurbishing many and extending their opening times, as well as increasing the number of schools that achieved good or outstanding OFSTED reports.
The Lancashire option may appeal to many Southport voters who are increasingly dismayed at their town’s current arrangement with Sefton Council. Mr. Moore believes that it is a viable alternative to the current trend towards Bootle and Liverpool.
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