Town hall boss Barrie Grunewald has blasted “false hysteria” surrounding the creation of a new super-council for Merseyside.
Coun Grunewald said concern over the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority was “manufactured” by opponents of the joint initiative.
The move will see all of Merseyside’s council joining forces on a number of issues affecting the region, such as housing.
However, the naming of the super-council has caused some controversy.
Many leaders wanted it named Liverpool City Region Authority to capitalise on the city’s greater recognition.
But the Government has decreed it should be called the tongue-twisting Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral Combined Authority.
Knowsley Council leader Ron Round branded the new name “long-winded” and “impractical”, adding: “It does not reflect the strong identity we want to create for the City region.”
He went on : “Therefore it is our joint intention that the name ‘Liverpool City Region’ be the term commonly used. The Government’s suggested name would be used only for statutory purposes.”
Meanwhile, a meeting is set to take place in April to vote on the authority’s first chairperson.
“There is no set precedent for who should chair a Combined Authority.
“However the Liverpool Combined Authority has been set up to be equitable to all members, therefore each Combined Authority member will have an equal vote when it comes to electing a chair,” added Coun Round.