CONTROVERSIAL plans for a vote to delay the redrawing of Sefton Central’s electoral constituency boundaries have been postponed indefinitely.
Labour and the Lib Dems had called for the vote on the plans, which would see Formby split in half, to be postponed until 2018.
But government sources say it has now been delayed to an unspecified date.
The Boundary Commission had put forward plans to radically change Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson’s seat and rename it Crosby and Maghull.
Under the rejected proposals, Sefton Central would have lost Harington ward in Formby to Southport – leaving the town split in half across two constituencies.
The new constituency would, however, see the addition of Church and Victoria wards, both currently in the Bootle constituency.
Mr Esterson, who had previously dismissed the plans as “dead in the water”, welcomed the decision.
Mr Esterson said: “This is very good news for Formby.
“To have one MP representing the people of Formby makes much more sense than splitting the area in two.
“Formby residents face a number of issues which are specific to this area, such as the development of green belt land, and to have to deal with more than one person when addressing these problems would have simply been unworkable.”
Southport Liberal Democrat Chair, Cllr Tony Dawson, also welcomed the decision.
He said: "This is good news.
“It would be senseless for more public money to be wasted on considering changes which will never happen.
"Not only does this make Southport safe, but it prevents the ridiculous splitting of Formby between two constituencies."