It looks as though Wirral Council will not be reducing the number of councillors from 66 to 44 members anytime soon. Pity they did not take the same protective attitude with staff numbers.
With that in mind, perhaps local residents, already feeling the pinch from rising council tax, sky high parking fees and a general decline in the quality in public services, would appreciate assurances that councillor allowances would remain frozen in the years to come.
More services such as waste collection are now pooled together with the rest of Merseyside but residents are not seeing any benefit whatsoever. Now it seems, the council are intent on introducing new parking charges on the borough’s country parks whilst hiking existing charges on the high street.
The Labour controlled council would quite happily tax the air we breathe if they had their way just so they can spend it on something daft like unnecessary newspapers that amount to nothing more than blatant vanity.
As the Liverpool City Region grows in power and importance, you do have to wonder whether 66 councillors in Wirral will be left twiddling their thumbs looking for something to do. Sooner or later, Wirral council will just become a scrutinising body for the Metro Mayor so it makes sense to adapt to the changes now and save money for the local taxpayer in the process.
Louise Bours MEP