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Shock plans to leave Lancashire

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and the Leader of Chorley Council Alistair Bradley shake hands

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and the Leader of Chorley Council Alistair Bradley shake hands

Chorley is taking steps to leave Lancashire County Council and go it alone as a unitary authority.

The shock announcement follows a meeting between borough leaders and Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government last week.

Residents would be asked to vote on the ambitious plans - with a referendum taking place as early as next May.

If the break away happens Chorley Council would follow Blakburn and Blackpool in leaving Lancashire County Council.

All local council services - including highways, children’s services and social care - would be run by Chorley.

See tomorrow’s Chorley Guardian for full story.

 

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