Town to hire new officer amid row

Coun Terry Rogers
Coun Terry Rogers
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Fleetwood Town Council has created a new paid position which is to be advertised to the public.

At the latest council meeting, officers approved a part-time Community Liaison Officer post which will see the successful applicant work 16 hours a week and be paid £8,537 on a pro-rata basis, over a 12 month period.

It will be fully advertised shortly and reviewed after a year

The role, to be paid for out of surplus funds and not directly from Fleetwood Town Council tax payers’ precept payments, will be reviewed after the first year.

However, the council meeting was marred by controversy when Council chairman, Coun Terry Rogers, clashed with another member of the council, Coun Rita Hewitt.

Coun Rogers claimed at the start of the meeting that the independent councillor for Mount ward had sent a number of harassing emails to the town clerk.

He then said she would not be able to speak at the meeting until she had attended a mediation hearing on another date.

Coun Hewitt later said that she was not in a position to comment further about the full nature of the row as she was seeking to take the matter further,

However, she said one of the reasons for the fall-out was her concern over the role of the Community Liaison Officer.

She said: “I did not think this paid position should be voted on by councillors until it has been fully discussed by councillors first.

“I am unhappy over the way this has been handled.”

But Coun Rogers said: “I do not wish to say too much at this stage but I had no choice but to raise the issue publicly so that we should be seen to be transparant.”

He added: “The role of Community Liaison Officer is part of our Fleetwood First initiative aimed at getting organisations to work together.

“It will be fully advertised shortly and reviewed after a year.”