Town hall’s top brass facing axe

Fylde town hall at St Annes
Fylde town hall at St Annes

A SENIOR management position is to be axed at Fylde Council

– and town hall chiefs are being made to reapply for their jobs in a £400,000 cost-cutting cull.

The present five-strong senior management team is to be reduced to four by the end of the year.

In addition, other management costs will be slashed over the next three years.

Even the council’s top officer, chief executive Phil Woodward, will have to reapply for a new position as all five scrap for four jobs between them.

And next year, the positions of second tier management will be looked at for further cost reductions.

The decision was made by the council’s cabinet.

Mr Woodward, who earns £95,000, and the current other senior managers voluntarily took a five per cent pay cut from April.

The other senior managers and their pay bandings are: Tracy Scholes, Director Governance and partnerships; Paul Walker, Director of Strategic Development; Allan Oldfield, Director of customer and operational services; Clare Platt, Director of Community Services (all £59,000-£63,999).

A panel of councillors will meet early next month when the four new job roles will be made available. Three new directors’ positions will be created, but it is not yet sure if the title of chief executive will remain as it is, or be renamed ‘managing director’.

It is also unclear whether the director who misses out on a job will face compulsory redundancy. There could be a number of options open to them, including redeployment within the authority; voluntary redundancy; or early retirement. Interviews for the reduced senior management team are expected to take place in early September.

Coun David Eaves, council leader, said: “These are tough times and we have to start doing the groundwork now to prepare for difficult decisions ahead.”

n Council workers have agreed to take five days’ unpaid leave a year – equivalent to a near-two per cent pay reduction – to avoid redundancies.