NOW the inner workings of local government do not necessarily lend themselves to great column writing.

But there are set to be interesting times ahead as the power brokers at Warrington Town Hall decide on where is best to position themselves in the brave new world of politics that is on the way.

So why would this devolution affect us?

Surely that is just a regional thing for the north east or north west say?

Wrong. Although still in its early stages, the affect of devolution on a town like Warrington is set to be far reaching.

Put simply, small authorities such as ours are not going to be able to survive in David Cameron’s new England.

The powers of devolution will demand greater resources than Warrington has – and they come with government caveats, such as the need for an elected mayor.

So where does this leave Warrington?

Well it appears there are three choices. Go back to Cheshire – an idea suggested by the leader of another Cheshire council Mike Jones.

Or the looming masses of Liverpool and Manchester also remain an option.

All three are less than ideal.

Warrington would find itself as the big player within Cheshire, that is of no doubt.

But how many of the priorities of a wealthy rural county would meet the demands of our town?

The dangers of link-ups with Liverpool and Manchester are clear.

Two of the biggest deals on Omega over the past year have been won in direct competition with those two cities – one over Speke and the other over Manchester Airport.

In a bigger local authority, who would say if Knowsley or Salford had greater needs than Great Sankey or Birchwood?

So while the council leader Terry O’Neill said on Monday that Warrington does not need to choose at the moment, it could be that this decision is not too far away.

Of course one area where we are still managed by Cheshire is in policing.

And as the Warrington Guardian exclusively revealed earlier this year, the brave new world has now started in Warrington.

Officers from all parts of town now book on at Arpley Street in the town centre to hear a borough-wide shift briefing before travelling to the relevant beat for their shift.

Police bosses say this will mean great working together, sharing information, more pooling of officers and more time spent from police on the streets – especially when armed with iPads to record crime as they go.

Opponents – and they were lining up at the Town Hall on Monday night to criticise – say it will mean officers wasting time in the town’s traffic queues and down the line will lead to closures of police stations.

The proof of the pudding as they say is in the eating so it promises to be an interesting time at Cheshire Police.