Vote ends shared services agreement between Norfolk councils

Sheila Oxtoby with Tom FitzPatrick (left) leader of North Norfolk District Council and Graham Plant

Sheila Oxtoby with Tom FitzPatrick (left) leader of North Norfolk District Council and Graham Plant (right) Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Pictured in the Assembly Room in the Town Hall in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Council leaders have voted to go it alone, ending an arrangement to share a senior management team with a neighbouring authority.

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Cabinet members decided to terminate the shared services agreement with Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

The tie up had seen North Norfolk chief executive Sheila Oxtoby, chief finance officer Karen Sly and head of HR Julie Cooke working for both NNDC and Great Yarmouth Borough Council since November last year.

Council leader Tom FitzPatrick told the meeting the time was not right to continue the arrangement on a permanent basis.

He said: 'We would consider sharing that level of management in the future, but the time is not right now.

'We will look at co-ordinating services such as waste with other councils including Great Yarmouth, but don't wish to share strategic management on a permanent basis.'

Councillors had taken part in a series of workshops to discuss shared management in more depth, as well as a report being commissioned from the Local Government Association to look at whether the arrangement was beneficial for both authorities.

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