Top jobs go at Blackpool Council

Helen France (Director of Tourism), on Blackpool Promenade.
Helen France (Director of Tourism), on Blackpool Promenade.
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FIVE senior town hall posts are to be axed in a move which will save Blackpool Council more than £1.8m over four years.

Executive director of tourism and regeneration Helen France is the most high profile casualty of the latest cuts.

Her responsibilities will be taken over by Alan Cavill who is given the new title of assistant chief executive regeneration, tourism and culture.

Ms France, who is paid a salary of around £110,000, joined Blackpool Council in 2008 from Knowsley Council.

Also set to go as part of the shake-up are assistant chief executive policy, transformation and communications Fiona McGrath, director of resources Andrew Pollock and assistant director neighbourhood services Russ Weaver, a former Blackpool police chief.

The fifth post of head of performance and planning in the children, adult and family services directorate is already vacant.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn, who pledged to cut the cost of town hall democracy as part of his party’s election promises, said money had to be saved in order to protect services.

Full story, see Wednesday’s Gazette