Conservative Group Leader – Cllr.Geoffrey Theobald – has urged the Council’s Green Administration to draw up a radical plan to streamline the Council in the wake of the turmoil caused by the departure of the Chief Executive plus three out of the four Strategic Directors.
Cllr. Theobald said: “I believe that the uncertainty and turmoil that this mass exodus has created is very damaging, both to staff morale and to the day to day running of the Council and the sooner things are sorted out the better. The Conservative Group believe that this enforced hiatus should be used productively and a radical plan to streamline the whole organisation should be put forward. In times of global financial turmoil, it is vital that the Council does much more to save costs by, for example, outsourcing and sharing services with other councils and public bodies, particularly some of the back office functions. The Audit Commission recently reported that this Council’s services are still relatively expensive compared to some of our equivalent authorities so there is clearly still a lot of scope for making savings whilst maintaining the frontline. It is clear that the Green Administration does not have the political will to make these changes and this is likely to be at least part of the reason why so many senior staff are jumping ship. The Greens need to stop blaming all their ills on Coalition Government cuts and instead knuckle down and make the changes needed to run an efficient and effective council to provide the frontline services that the residents and businesses of this city need and deserve.”