Essex

Essex councils decide against shared chief executive

Two Essex councils have decided against sharing a chief executive and senior management team.

Colchester Borough Council and Braintree District Council had been in talks about the possible move to help make budget savings.

However, after six months of discussion, members of both councils decided to drop the plan.

The leaders of the councils said they would continue to work together on some "shared objectives".

The councils already share resources on services such as parking enforcement and procurement.

But Conservative leader of Braintree District Council, Graham Butland, said: "At this stage there was a feeling that we didn't want to go to that stage of forming one senior management team.

"But there's a real commitment that as opportunities arise, we will continue to work together."

Councillor Anne Turrell, Liberal Democrat leader of Colchester Borough Council, added her council was still open to sharing more services with other authorities.

It already shares a head of resource management with Ipswich Borough Council.

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