It has been announced today that three members of senior staff at North Norfolk District Council have walked away, taking up posts instead at Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
The Chief Executive of North Norfolk District Council quit after a job-sharing arrangement came to an end in September. She will now be joined by North Norfolk District Council’s Head of Finance and Head of HR at the council in Great Yarmouth.
The local Labour Party has called on the Leader of the ruling Tory group to “get a grip” after a string of embarrassing news stories pushed the local council into the spotlight, which they believe has led to “chaos”.
The Tory administration has been accused of sitting on large reserves while making big cuts to local services, and awarding themselves a 23% pay rise while some have failed to pay their council tax.
Stephen Burke, Chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“Losing one senior officer is careless, losing half of the senior management team is completely incompetent. This story follows the bad press over councillors awarding themselves 23% pay rises while making cuts to local services, and a number of councillors being in council tax arrears for a number of years. The ruling Conservative group has left our district council in chaos.
The loss of our local council’s most senior staff raises massive questions about the costs and impact of the sharing arrangement with Great Yarmouth. Why have they resigned? What will councillors do to ensure proper leadership at the top of the council? What has been the cost to taxpayers in North Norfolk? Was there not a clause in place in the agreement to stop the poaching of staff? And how much will be spent filling the gaps in staff?
These are questions which Cllr FitzPatrick as Leader of the Council must answer. He must very quickly get a grip on our local council or do the honourable thing and resign.”