“We believe people have a right to influence what happens in their local area, so we were keen to support that amendment. However, as that did not gain traction, we reverted to our original status.

“Failsworth Independent Party will do everything in the best interests of our residents without any political coercion.

“There is no party whip, which is why Cllr Wilkinson voted as he did.

“His personal opinion is that Mr Burnham had too much input in the plan.”