Ward set to get name of church

St Andrew's Church could influence the name of the Leyland St Mary's ward in future
St Andrew's Church could influence the name of the Leyland St Mary's ward in future

A Leyland ward is set to be renamed to honour its church while another will be extended to include another part of the town in its title.

The Leyland St Mary’s ward could be called Leyland St Andrew’s in future, and Moss Side will be known as Moss Side and Midge Hall, if South Ribble Council’s recommendations are approved.

The Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBC) is asking the council to reconsider the borough’s ward patterns and names, and ideas are being discussed by a special boundary committee, made up of councillors.

It has been agreed that Farington East and Farington West will remain, and Lostock Hall and Tardy Gate could be brought together.

The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties all agreed on changes put forward for the Western parishes, which includes New Longton, Hutton, Whitestake, and Much Hoole, but other areas in the borough have created some disagreements across the groups.

The proposals will be submitted to the LGBC by August 5.

And it has been decided that the Conservative party will put forward their proposal for the Penwortham wards, and the Labour group and the Liberal Democrats will suggest an alternative.

The Labour group has also reserved its right to submit its own proposals relating to the remaining wards in Leyland; the ward for Lostock Hall and Tardy Gate; and the wards which fall within the Eastern parishes, which includes Samlesbury, Walton-le-Dale, Higher Walton and Bamber Bridge.

The suggestions will go before full council on Wednesday this week, and will then be submitted to the LGBC.