Chorley council looking for ‘independence’ from county

Lindsay Hoyle

Lindsay Hoyle

First published in News

“Get behind us,” that was the message from Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle as he backs the borough’s ambitious plans for ‘independence’.

Mr Hoyle is urging residents to give their support to Chorley Council’s bid to break away from county control and run all local services.

It is seeking to become a unitary authority, taking over services now provided by Lancashire County Council, following in the footsteps of other areas such as Blackburn and Warrington.

The MP said: “I firmly believe in localism and that the best decision are those taken with local interest at heart.

“Many others councils have broken away from the two-tier system and have been successful in providing quality local services.

“We can do the same in Chorley and would welcome a public debate and vote on this issue.

“I’m asking the public the get behind us so that more decisions can be made in the borough.”

The move comes as the Labour-run council claims many of its reforms are “thwarted” by county hall interference.

If the bid is successful it would mean services such as highways, education and social care coming under the borough council remit.

Council leader Alistair Bradley and Mr Hoyle have met with Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to seek advice on how Chorley could become unitary.

He urged the council to seek approval of the local population and the council have now embarked upon on a campaign to win approval from for this reform.

If successful this will be presented to the government for approval.

Coun Alistair Bradley said: “Since taking control in 2012 we have introduced a number of improvements and reforms within the borough.

“However, we often find ourselves thwarted by not being in control of all local services which would help improve the local area.

“We value the relationship we have with the county council and collectively we have delivered some real benefits for the residents of Chorley.”

Opposition Conservative group leader on Chorley Council, Coun Mark Perks said he doubted whether the current administration had the ‘experience’ to handle such an increased remit.

He said: “I’m surprised they are seeking such an undertaking and note that Labour-run Chorley Council is unhappy with the Labour-run county council.

“It would be a huge undertaking, running primary schools and the like and I have my doubts whether the is the expertise at the council to do that.”

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