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New councillor elected for Copeland council ward

Ged McGrath Credit: Copeland Council

A new councillor has been elected to represent the Newtown ward on Copeland Council.

Councillor Ged McGrath who lives at the The Green in Millom, was elected on Thursday, June 8.

He has represented the Newtown ward on Millom Town Council since 2015.

Originally from the Midlands, Councillor McGrath moved to the area in 2013.

Following 10 years as a sub-postmaster at the Millom Post Office, Councillor McGrath will now continue working at Copeland MP Trudy Harrison’s constituency office.

Chief executive post to be scrapped

Paul Walker was Chief Executive of Copeland Borough Credit: ITV Border

After five years of service, Chief Executive of Copeland Borough Council Paul Walker has left his job due to a cost-cutting shakeup.

The announcement was followed by the news that the Chief executive post is to be scrapped entirely.

Paul has been a member of the Council’s Corporate Leadership Team who has successfully led the workforce through some significant periods of change, brought about by the unprecedented cuts in central government funding.

The Mayor of Copeland Borough Council, Mike Starkie, has said he hopes that all who know Paul will join the Council in wishing him every success in the future.

The Council services that reported directly to the Chief Executive post will be realigned and the scope of the existing three Director job descriptions are being reviewed.

The Termination Payment made to Paul Walker reflected his entitlements to contractual pay and a redundancy payment in relation to the Council's approved redundancy policy.

It amounted to a total of £119,321, which will be funded through efficiency savings.

The total amount Paul walker will receive in termination payments.

Top £110,000 job at Copeland Council facing axe

Chief Executive Paul Walker. Credit: ITV Border

The Chief Executive at Copeland Council looks set to lose his job, as part of a cost-cutting shake up.

Mike Starkie, Copeland's directly elected major, has put forwards the suggestion to remove the chief executive position.

The role is currently held by Paul Walker, who is thought to earn around £110,000 per year.

Mike Starkie wants to axe the role. Credit: Copeland Borough Council

Copeland Council say the proposal will be discussed at a meeting of the executive on September 22:

The mayor will be taking a report to a meeting of the Executive on September 22, where he will ask the Executive to consider the deletion of the role of Chief Executive from the establishment of Copeland Borough Council.

If accepted, the Executive will make recommendations to Council at its meeting on October 1 to consider the proposals, and in particular the statutory role of Head of Paid Service.”

– Copeland Borough Council spokesperson


Council takes action against misuse of recycling service

Credit: Press Association

Following continued misuse Copeland Council has suspended garden waste collections for seven householders who repeatedly put household rubbish in their brown bins.

Green waste bins from the seven homes in Cleator Moor, contained large amounts of non-garden waste, which resulted in an entire lorry load having to be sent away for disposal, rather than made into compost meaning around 600 other conscientious gardeners had their recycling efforts go – literally - to waste.

The council says it wasn't the first time the householders had done this – after previous contamination incidents officers provided stickers for their bins explaining what can and can’t be collected. However, the dumping continued so the council will now not collect these garden bins for six months.

“Garden waste recycling only works if everyone does it. It only takes a couple of selfish people to put non-garden waste in there and the whole load is rejected by the composting plant.

“We will not accept this as it means hundreds of other people who were doing the right thing have seen their waste fail to be recycled.

“Occasionally we’ll get some accidental contamination, for example plant pots or seed packets – this is still problematic but we do understand and we’re happy to explain to people what should go in the bin.

“These householders have shown repeated contempt for the service, and filled their bins with large amounts of household waste.”

– Dave Banks, portfolio holder for waste, Copeland Council

Top award for three of Copeland's beaches

Silecroft beach was among three in Copeland to get a Seaside Award Credit: Copeland Borough Council

Three beaches in Copeland have won a Seaside Award.

St Bees, Silecroft and Haverigg have been named as having the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

Fourteen beaches in the north west of England achieved the same status, which is awarded by the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Copeland Borough Council runs the beaches and says it is pleased with the recognition.

This is great news.

Our staff and local community partners work hard to keep our amenity beaches safe and inviting for locals, holiday makers and day trippers."

– Julie Betteridge, Copeland Council’s director of customer and community services

Executive recommends Copeland Budget

Copeland Borough Council’s Executive recommended the proposed budget for 2015/16 at their meeting last night.

The Council needs to make savings of £1.484 million, and proposals in the budget include plans to cut Council costs by sharing resources with other councils.

The budget report will now go before full council for approval as part of the Budget meeting on 26 February.

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