Burnley Council’s ruling Executive cut to save cash

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BURNLEY Borough Council’s ruling Executive Committee has been cut from seven members to six – as part of cost-cutting measures.

The decision to reduce the number of councillors was announced by leader Coun. Charlie Briggs, resulting in the portfolio for customer access and community engagement, previously held by Coun. Linda White, scrapped and the duties merged into the remaining portfolios.

However, since Coun. Briggs announced the plans at the latest full council meeting last week, Coun. Neil Mottershead, the executive member for community safety, announced he was resigning from the post due to family circumstances. Coun. White will now take the role which has been renamed communities portfolio.

Coun. Briggs said: “I had intended to reduce my executive from May but Coun. Mottershead’s family circumstances have meant that he has decided to step down from his executive role.

“Under the circumstances, I have decided to implement the changes I had planned with immediate effect.”

The move is expected to enable the council to make significant savings.

Coun. Briggs added: “Council tax payers have the right to expect us to look at all our costs and that must include the cost of political processes.

“I would like to put on record my thanks to Coun. Mottershead for his hard work during his time on the executive.

“I know he will continue to be an enthusiastic, hard working and effective councillor for his Gannow ward. He will now, though, be able to give more time to his family commitments.”

Coun. Briggs, leader Coun. Maggie Lishman, deputy leader and resources, Coun. Roger Frost, economic regeneration, Coun. Peter McCann, housing and development, and Coun. Jeff Sumner, leisure, will retain their roles.

Coun. Briggs added: “Coun. White is very much in touch with people’s concerns about crime, anti-social behaviour and local neighbourhood environments. She will do an excellent job on behalf of the people of Burnley.”