Senior executive to leave Blackburn with Darwen Council

First published in News

SENIOR Blackburn with Darwen council executive Andrew Lightfoot is leaving next month, sparking a streamlining of high-paid town hall bosses.

The borough is to scrap one of its 12 £75,000 a year directors as part of its drive to make savings.

Deputy chief executive Mr Lightfoot, one of the driving forces behind the blueprint for reviving Blackburn town centre, is to take up the post of Strategic Director at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in October.

Resources director Denise Park is promoted to his £120,000 a year job with his role in charge of regenerating the borough being advertised at a salary of £118,000 plus.

Finance director Liz Hall and Information technology boss Mike Zammit are to take redundancy and their two post merged.

The shake-up means that since 2010, the number of borough bosses earning more than £75,000 has reduced from 24 to 11.

Council leader Kate Hollern said: "Andrew has made a huge contribution over the past 12 years."

Borough chief executive Harry Catherall said: “Management costs are always something considered and any review of staffing starts at the top. Since 2010 we have seen management costs at the Council reduce by 50 per cent.”

Tory group leader Mike Lee said: “Andrew was an excellent officer who will be missed. Streamlining top management is a sensible move.”

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11:46pm Sat 23 Aug 14

woolywords says...

Deputy chief executive Mr Lightfoot, one of the driving forces behind the blueprint for reviving Blackburn town centre...
I query those terms used..
...
Resources director Denise Park is promoted to his £120,000 a year job with his role in charge of regenerating the borough being advertised at a salary of £118,000 plus.
An easily made up shortfall, in expenses.
Perhaps a junket to a far off land, wholly unrelated to Blackburn, at my expense, within the next few months...as a 'fact finding tour'?
...
Why was this person promoted so quickly, when the vacant post hadn't been advertised?
Or is that now Councillors can claim that, one of the top jobs has gone?
For £10, am easily drunk but am never deluded by this lot.
...
It's a bit late here, and I've been drinking..
What's to stop us scrapping that post, entirely?
Do we really need a Deputy, to this post?
Why not, save a bit and employ someone to make alleygates?
Not on the same rate of pay, I hasten to add!
A little workshop somewhere, training kids to make them.
Cutting, drilling, welding, painting and installing?
After all, the Council claims to be short of cash for that..
Leave the job vacant, let the Deputy do it..
Until we can afford it..
Am sure that, if you couch it in the right terms, Denise(?), of whatever gender, would go for it.
As long as it keeps me off their back, why not?
Kids get a job, residents get alleygates, Borough saves money..
It's an absolute no-brainer of a plan..
...
And, if you get the Courts to send scroats to this..
Whom have to clean up the alleys for 100 hours before application,
you might just hear the squeals of delight from Darwen Tower..
Deputy chief executive Mr Lightfoot, one of the driving forces behind the blueprint for reviving Blackburn town centre... I query those terms used.. ... Resources director Denise Park is promoted to his £120,000 a year job with his role in charge of regenerating the borough being advertised at a salary of £118,000 plus. An easily made up shortfall, in expenses. Perhaps a junket to a far off land, wholly unrelated to Blackburn, at my expense, within the next few months...as a 'fact finding tour'? ... Why was this person promoted so quickly, when the vacant post hadn't been advertised? Or is that now Councillors can claim that, one of the top jobs has gone? For £10, am easily drunk but am never deluded by this lot. ... It's a bit late here, and I've been drinking.. What's to stop us scrapping that post, entirely? Do we really need a Deputy, to this post? Why not, save a bit and employ someone to make alleygates? Not on the same rate of pay, I hasten to add! A little workshop somewhere, training kids to make them. Cutting, drilling, welding, painting and installing? After all, the Council claims to be short of cash for that.. Leave the job vacant, let the Deputy do it.. Until we can afford it.. Am sure that, if you couch it in the right terms, Denise(?), of whatever gender, would go for it. As long as it keeps me off their back, why not? Kids get a job, residents get alleygates, Borough saves money.. It's an absolute no-brainer of a plan.. ... And, if you get the Courts to send scroats to this.. Whom have to clean up the alleys for 100 hours before application, you might just hear the squeals of delight from Darwen Tower.. woolywords
  • Score: 21

6:03pm Mon 25 Aug 14

ConcernedOssy says...

woolywords wrote:
Deputy chief executive Mr Lightfoot, one of the driving forces behind the blueprint for reviving Blackburn town centre...
I query those terms used..
...
Resources director Denise Park is promoted to his £120,000 a year job with his role in charge of regenerating the borough being advertised at a salary of £118,000 plus.
An easily made up shortfall, in expenses.
Perhaps a junket to a far off land, wholly unrelated to Blackburn, at my expense, within the next few months...as a 'fact finding tour'?
...
Why was this person promoted so quickly, when the vacant post hadn't been advertised?
Or is that now Councillors can claim that, one of the top jobs has gone?
For £10, am easily drunk but am never deluded by this lot.
...
It's a bit late here, and I've been drinking..
What's to stop us scrapping that post, entirely?
Do we really need a Deputy, to this post?
Why not, save a bit and employ someone to make alleygates?
Not on the same rate of pay, I hasten to add!
A little workshop somewhere, training kids to make them.
Cutting, drilling, welding, painting and installing?
After all, the Council claims to be short of cash for that..
Leave the job vacant, let the Deputy do it..
Until we can afford it..
Am sure that, if you couch it in the right terms, Denise(?), of whatever gender, would go for it.
As long as it keeps me off their back, why not?
Kids get a job, residents get alleygates, Borough saves money..
It's an absolute no-brainer of a plan..
...
And, if you get the Courts to send scroats to this..
Whom have to clean up the alleys for 100 hours before application,
you might just hear the squeals of delight from Darwen Tower..
One Down How many left to go ??? !!!!
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Deputy chief executive Mr Lightfoot, one of the driving forces behind the blueprint for reviving Blackburn town centre... I query those terms used.. ... Resources director Denise Park is promoted to his £120,000 a year job with his role in charge of regenerating the borough being advertised at a salary of £118,000 plus. An easily made up shortfall, in expenses. Perhaps a junket to a far off land, wholly unrelated to Blackburn, at my expense, within the next few months...as a 'fact finding tour'? ... Why was this person promoted so quickly, when the vacant post hadn't been advertised? Or is that now Councillors can claim that, one of the top jobs has gone? For £10, am easily drunk but am never deluded by this lot. ... It's a bit late here, and I've been drinking.. What's to stop us scrapping that post, entirely? Do we really need a Deputy, to this post? Why not, save a bit and employ someone to make alleygates? Not on the same rate of pay, I hasten to add! A little workshop somewhere, training kids to make them. Cutting, drilling, welding, painting and installing? After all, the Council claims to be short of cash for that.. Leave the job vacant, let the Deputy do it.. Until we can afford it.. Am sure that, if you couch it in the right terms, Denise(?), of whatever gender, would go for it. As long as it keeps me off their back, why not? Kids get a job, residents get alleygates, Borough saves money.. It's an absolute no-brainer of a plan.. ... And, if you get the Courts to send scroats to this.. Whom have to clean up the alleys for 100 hours before application, you might just hear the squeals of delight from Darwen Tower..[/p][/quote]One Down How many left to go ??? !!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 1

8:14am Tue 26 Aug 14

A Darener says...

The shake-up means that since 2010, the number of borough bosses earning more than £75,000 has reduced from 24 to 11."

And that's still 11 too many!
The shake-up means that since 2010, the number of borough bosses earning more than £75,000 has reduced from 24 to 11." And that's still 11 too many! A Darener
  • Score: 2
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