Sharing could see massive savings

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REGARDING the article (Citizen February 9) where secret meetings have been held by leaders of three councils about the possibility of a merger.

Fenland Council’s leader Alan Melton has confirmed he has been in talks with leaders from East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdon district councils.

Between them, the authorities are currently paying out for three chief executives; three senior management teams; and various other layers of bureaucracy.

I support sharing a chief executive and a senior management team, but oppose a full merger of the councils, which would result in a ‘democratic deficit’.

With each chief executive on £2000 plus a week, and the senior managers each on £1000 the savings to be made are massive.

Once existing staff are trained, a new chief executive and senior management team could be promoted, with their pay limited to no more than £600 a week each.

JOHN SMITHEE

Wisbech