Four Lancashire councils are campaigning to become one “super” unitary authority.
In a letter to the The Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government, leaders at Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale councils said they wanted to “pool resources” to create an all-purpose “Pennine Lancashire”.
The cross-party alliance said their plans would “see their areas move from being remembered as the birthplaces of the industrial revolution, to being reborn as the industrial HQ of the Northern Powerhouse.”
The letter noted that whilst the Lancashire area is a “manufacturing powerhouse”, it also has some of the “highest levels of deprivation in the country”.
The letter read: “This has gone on for too long. We believe with an ambitious plan and our drive… we can deliver the very best for our residents.
“Our area has unique needs that are currently not being met. This plan would allow us to create a financially sustainable authority, with one set of senior managers and economies of scale.”
If approved, the new unitary would take over responsibilities for the four areas from Lancashire County Council and also scupper plans for a Lancashire Combined Authority.