Lancashire

West Lancashire Council scraps chief executive post

West Lancashire Council is scrapping the post of chief executive when the current chief Bill Taylor steps down later this year.

From November, the authority will have two senior managers sharing a new joint managing director role.

The council said the change will save £165,000 a year cutting the number of senior posts from seven to five.

A council spokesman said the council also plans to shed 53 jobs with the bulk through natural wastage.

Local organisations are also being consulted on a package of measures which the council hopes will save £2m over the next financial year.

Among other cost-cutting measures are a revamp of street cleaning and maintenance services, further improvements to waste collection and a slimming down of back office staff and management posts.

Services which could be chopped include free "poop scoops" for dog mess, replacing vandalised bus shelters with poles and removing the council's grant to a rural bus service running between Liverpool, Lydiate and Southport.

Councillor Ian Grant, leader of the Conservative-controlled council said: "It's impossible to make reductions of this level without any impact."

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