Yorkshire Post

Councillor opposes new deputy chief role at time of austerity


A CASH-STRAPPED council should not be creating a new senior role at a time of austerity, a Ukip councillor has argued.

Coun David Robson, who represents Bridlingto­n South Ward, is opposing the creation of a new title of deputy chief executive for Alan Menzies, who is currently director for planning and economic regenerati­on at East Riding Council.

It comes after Caroline Lacey, director of corporate resources, was recommende­d to take over as £148,000-a-year chief executive from Nigel Pearson, who is retiring.

The Yorkshire Post understand­s Mr Menzies will get a pay rise, but Mrs Lacey will be on around £12,000 less than Mr Pearson, meaning an overall saving.

The recommenda­tions were made by an appointmen­ts committee, made up of council leader Steve Parnaby, deputy leader Coun Jonathan Owen, Coun Julie Abraham and Coun Keith Moore.

Coun Robson will be asking for a recorded vote at a full council meeting on February 22, which will consider the appointmen­ts.

Coun Robson said: “I am opposed to a new post being created where no role exists and even if no money is attached to it I can’t see the point and will oppose it.

“We have to save £60m in the next three years. I know this is small beer but every little counts – it’s the principle of it in times of austerity.

“How can the four (committee members) drum up a new post like that without any reference to the rest of the council?

“I am putting a motion forward and will be asking for a recorded vote.”

Council directors currently take it in turns to represent the chief executive when Mr Pearson is away.

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DAVID ROBSON: Opposed to new role ‘even if no money is attached to it’.

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