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Yesterday in a short meeting, Wirral Council’s Cabinet agreed to consult the public on plans for a new combined authority for Merseyside (and Halton) covering transport (taking over the responsibilities of Merseytravel), economic development and employment. The reason behind the plans are the promise of further funding from government if it goes ahead.
Once the consultation finishes the plans are to be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of Wirral Council on the 19th September. One of the policy and performance committees will also examine what’s proposed during the consultation period. The idea of a new authority doesn’t attract universal support among Wirral councillors, with Cllr Lewis claiming that the proposal would cost millions to bring about. Cllr Phil Davies disputed this saying it would “be cost neutral”.