The last time local government had a major overhaul in Lancashire, the Ford Cortina was the best-selling car in the UK, Terry Jacks topped the charts with Seasons in the Sun and the country had just emerged from the three-day working week. The year was 1974 and, whether your memory of those events is distant or non-existent, the local authority landscape in the county has changed very little since. The reforms which were ushered in over four decades ago are probably best remembered locally for cutting loose several parts of historical Lancashire from the newly-created administrative county and dispatching them to metropolitan authorities in Greater Manchester and Merseyside. That move still sparks impassioned pleas in some quarters for the boundaries of geographical Lancashire to continue to be recognised as incorporating places like Southport and Saddleworth. But less likely to prompt a debate is whether the so-called “two-tier” structure of local government which … [Read more...] about Should the number of councils in Lancashire be slashed?