The Six Boroughs Of Liverpool Have Been Encouraged To Continue To Keep 'Building On Its Strengths' To Protect Its Future
What Is The Liverpool City Region?
After much deliberation of how the six boroughs could be brought together in a more unifying way, the City's six borough councils agreed to the Liverpool City Region - the Liverpudlian equivalent to The City of London & Greater London as well as The City of Manchester & Greater Manchester.
The Liverpool City Region is:
City of Liverpool.
Borough of Wirral.
Borough of Sefton.
Borough of Halton.
Borough of St. Helens.
Borough of Knowsley.
The Liverpool City Region can also be referred to as the Liverpool Metropolitain Area and the Liverpool Bay Area which also encompasses the waters surrounding the six boroughs too.
The Liverpool City Region brings the City's boroughs together under the one roof to further drive unity, investment and a sense of identity.
Essentially, it boils down to Scousers making the decisions over Londoners. The intention is that Liverpudlians can make more informed decisions over what Liverpool Boroughs need as they live here, rather than Londoners that don't live here.
City Of Liverpool & Liverpool City Region Mayors
In the Liverpool City Region there are two Mayors that are elected to represent the people of the city.
The City Of Liverpool Mayor represents the Central-most borough of the Region and that is their entire focus as it is the most populous borough and includes the City Centre.
On the other hand the Liverpool City Region Mayor is there to represent all six boroughs and work alongside the City Of Mayor to ensure that the City Region prospers.
The City of Liverpool Mayor is responsible for the City of Liverpool, the central-most Borough in the Region.
Which includes areas such as the City Centre, West Derby, Tuebrook, Knotty Ash, Everton, Allerton, Anfield and Old Swan.
The City of Liverpool Mayor is responsible for the running of local services, driving investment to the City and attending a whole host of arrangements to bring attention to a variety of different projects going on across the City.
The Liverpool City Region Mayor is responsible for the wider Liverpool area and covers all six of the boroughs of Liverpool.
They are the City of Liverpool and the Boroughs of Wirral, Sefton, Halton, St. Helens and Knowsley.
The areas in the Six Boroughs includes areas such as Huyton, Bootle, Wallasey, Rainford, Crosby, Birkenhead, Whiston, Litherland, Kirkby, Maghull and Formby.
The City Region Mayor's goal is to better connect the City's boroughs, develop the economy and improve upon investment as well as oversee the devolution deal that Central Government have provided these Mayors with to spend on what the City and its people feel is of the most important.
The Liverpool City Region Mayor can also be referred to as the 'Metropolitan Mayor' or 'Metro Mayor' for short.
The Liverpool City Region Mayor forms part of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority which includes all of the six borough councils.
How Did The Liverpool City Region Come About?
It has long been suggested by numerous commentators from across the City to unify the six boroughs and seriously suggested through an independent report by Lord Heseltine and Sir Terry Leahy in October 2011 that said: 'Liverpool is the subject of our report. Other cities will have different strengths and opportunities. In passing we refer to Liverpool as the city region including all 6 boroughs and encompassing the LEP area.'
They added: 'We believe in marketing terms Liverpool is a world class brand and as much of the city’s future must depend on its capacity to market itself, it would be perverse to do other than embrace the wider area within an identity recognised across the globe.'
The six boroughs offer so much and each still has their own strong identity. Scousers from each corner of the Region offer so much to the city that it could not be ignored any longer, for example:
Steven Gerrard, Willy Russell and Phil Redmond from the Borough of Knowsley;
Pete Burns, Dixie Dean and Paul O'Grady from the Borough of Wirral;
Jamie Carragher and Billy J Kramer from Sefton Borough.
'We believe in marketing terms Liverpool is a world class brand and as much of the city’s future must depend on its capacity to market itself, it would be perverse to do other than embrace the wider area within an identity recognised across the globe.' - Liverpool City Region: Building on its Strengths by Lord Heseltine and Sir Terry Leahy in 2011.
See: REBALANCING BRITAIN: POLICY OR SLOGAN? Liverpool City Region - Building on its Strengths: An independent report. By The RT Hon the Lord Heseltine and Sir Terry Leahy, October 2011.
An Opportunity For Growth
The Liverpool City Region, generally being referred to as 'Liverpool', aims to generate more of a unified approach to the local economy, increase the sense of identity for Scousers and acknowledge the contributions that Boroughs such as Knowsley, Halton and Wirral offer to the City of Liverpool.
A few examples of how Scouse Culture brims from the city's various boroughs include:
Borough of Sefton
Being the home to The Iron Men, beautiful parts of the city such as Crosby and Formby as well as being the home of Aintree Racecourse.
Borough of Wirral
From the Birth of The Beatles happening in the Port Sunlight area of the Borough of Wirral, as it was the first place that Ringo Starr played with The Beatles. The home of Liverpudlians such as Pete Burns, Dixie Dean and Paul O'Grady, as well as being a valuable part of the Port of Liverpool.
Borough of Halton
Being the location of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, a strong industrial economy and a place that many famous Scousers such as John Bishop have called home for long periods of time.
It is a greater step for local autonomy and an opportunity for Liverpool to excel by embracing everything it has to offer in all of the City's boroughs.
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