Plans to set up an area committee for Lynn will be discussed by council chiefs next month after calls for a town authority to be established were rejected.
A report released this week, which will go before the West Norfolk Council cabinet on October 1, has recommended that the new forum should be set up on an initial trial basis until 2015.
The plan was made public a few days after the government signalled its intention to make it easier for parish level authorities to be set up in towns and cities.
And council leader Nick Daubney said the scheme was the right way forward.
He said: “What we want to do is try to meet the government’s aim, and our own aim, of maximising local representation without extra layers of cost.”
The proposals have emerged from the work of a task group set up last summer to examine calls for greater representation for people in Lynn and Gaywood.
The former borough of King’s Lynn was scrapped in the local government reforms of 1974. An effort was made in the early 2000s to revive a parish authority.
However, the report ruled out the idea, arguing that it would cost around £58 per household per year, and take at least a year, to set up such an authority.
An alternative idea to establish several neighbourhood based authorities was also ruled out on similar grounds, while a concern was also raised that such a model would not give the town “a single coherent voice.”
Labour councillor John Collop, who represents the Gaywood Chase ward and was also a member of the task group, said the committee proposal was a step in the right direction to give local representatives a say on how money allocated to Lynn for parish level issues such as grass cutting, known as special expenses, is spent.
But he still hopes that a full town council could be established in the future.
He said: “We would like to be like Hunstanton and Downham Market.” Both have their own town councils.
If approved, the committee would include all 15 members of the borough council who represent Lynn and Gaywood wards. The forum would meet on a quarterly basis for a trial period until the next borough council elections in May 2015.
The report said: “The role of the committee is to enable councillors from the unparished area of King’s Lynn to meet together to discuss issues of mutual interest which have implications beyond the boundaries of individual wards.”