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 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.
Copeland Council say the proposal will be discussed at a meeting of the executive on September 22:
Bucket and spade at the ready as we're off to the beach.
Copeland Borough Council have installed interactive tourist boards along the popular coastal cycle route.
We sent Emily Reader along to the opening.
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.
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.
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.
Whitehaven's Civic Hall is open for business, after its controversial closure fifteen months ago.
Copeland Borough Council is in talks with several businesses interested in moving in.
One company, Inspira, has already used it for a careers event, and is expected to begin a short-term tenancy in February.
Copeland Borough Council has announced that there is still time for householders to apply for grants to make their homes more resistant to floods.
Grants of up to £5000 are available through the council.
The money can be claimed back even if the person has already paid out for the anti-flood measures and had them installed.
The scheme closes in mid-February.
West Cumbrian school children are coming up with ideas to give a coastal walkway the artistic treatment.
Pupils at Lowca are looking at history, geography and science to create artworks that will give walkers more information about the area.
The project is being run by Copeland Council.