Lunt is a small village in the borough of
However, the proposal is dividing villagers in the Merseyside community who say they in this should not have to give up a name that has been around since the 13th century.
Martyn Ball, a retired police officer and prospective Conservative councillor, is urging residents to support the move because he is fed up with the graffiti which greets visitors to the village.
He said: “We are all painfully aware of the repeated times our village sign is defaced by mindless yobs who change the L to a C.
Dr Ball has suggested Launt as an alternative name, which he says would be pronounced the same. However, others in the village say the vandals should not be allowed to ruin their heritage.