Post by East Anglian Lefty on Jul 23, 2014 10:05:30 GMT
I think previous local government arrangements are less important than the fact that these places are overshadowed by their larger neighbour, but not to the degree that they're entirely dominated by them. Only a small proportion of the population in Morley or Newport Pagnell will have lived there when they had UDCs and most of them have no particular knowledge of or interest in the specifics of local government organisation. It's a much more visceral thing about not wanting to be dictated to by Leeds/Milton Keynes/those bastards over there.
Here, we have the ridiculous borough of Sefton. It starts in Bootle, goes up to Waterloo and Crosby, and includes Maghull - then up the coast to Formby and Southport.
Bootle is certainly part of Liverpool, as is Crosby , although some of the older crowd remember when it was other than a Liverpool suburb,
Formby is much more of a separate small town, and Southport has very little connection with Liverpool at all and has been mounting a UDI campaign for as long as I can remember.
Pre-Sefton, there were councils in Bootle, Crosby, Formby, Maghull and Southport. I don't think they would be feasible now, and frankly common sense would place Bootle and Crosby in Liverpool, Maghull in either Liverpool or Knowsley, Formby in West Lancashire, and Southport as a new district in Lancashire.