Burnley’s tourism officer loses job in council cuts

Burnley Town Hall
Burnley Town Hall

Burnley’s tourism officer is among a number of key posts to be shed from Burnley Borough Council in the latest round of cost-cutting.

Jacqueline Whitaker, who was responsible for the latest glossy “Burnley Visitor Magazine” produced by the council, has now left her post.

She is one of four people made redundant from the council’s Regeneration department, which includes tourism. The job losses are among 14 posts to be cut this year out of the council’s staff of around 450.

They come at a time when the council is preparing to stage a number of heritage days and the 100th commemoration of the beginning of the First World War.

But council chiefs insisted the cuts would have no bearing on the future marketing or tourist potential of Burnley. Mike Cook, director of economic regeneration at Burnley Council, said: “The council has always said that cuts in funding mean we have to make very difficult choices about prioritising the work we do.

“This doesn’t mean that we’re not promoting Burnley as a visitor attraction because we are. We are working closely with Marketing Lancashire, the organisation set up to co-ordinate tourism work across the county.

“We’re also doing what we can to support other organisations such as the Civic Trust who are working to prepare a series of Heritage Open Days later this summer.”

The other job losses made this year include three from the chief executive’s office, two from Green Spaces, three from Housing, and two from Facilities Management.