Director shuffle to save you £60,000 each year

A RASENITE is set to save the district’s taxpayers £60,000 a year.

Town resident Mark Sturgess has been appointed the new director of regeneration and planning at West Lindsey District Council, but will continue with his current post, service manager in charge of planning and development services.

This merger of roles will save £60,000 a year and aid the district authority in its ambition to keep council tax low.

The current director of neighbourhoods and health, James Nicholson, retires from his post in January and Rachel North, has changed titles and is now the director of communities and localism, cutting the number of directors by one.

Mark said: “I am thrilled with the new director post, but at the same time it is daunting as there is a need to work differently.

“There will be an expectation the directorate will deliver the key priorities set out in the corporate plan.

“Achieving the things we want to do will be much more difficult in the current climate, which is why we need to ensure we are focusing the talents of all the staff on what needs to be done.”

Mark said he is looking forward to the challenges ahead, but he said he will not be able to do it on his own.

He added: “I know the directorate contains a lot of talented people who are all committed to the organisation.

“We are going to need all that talent and commitment to deliver on what is needed for the people of the district.

“That does not mean we can carry on doing what we have been and be more effective.

“It means we have to rearrange officers so we are totally focused on the challenges ahead.”

Leader of the council and Market Rasen councillor Burt Keimach, said he was delighted to fill the post internally.

He said: “We are extremely pleased with Mark Sturgess because of his achievements at West Lindsey and his previous employment. We know he will continue to provide insight and inspiration to all the officers and staff who are working with him.

“He has always been a knowledgeable and trustworthy source of information for members and officers in planning.

“We are absolutely certain he will continue in his new role to reach the highest level of achievement in these challenging times.”