Northamptonshire council appoints new chief executive

A new acting chief executive has been appointed to Corby Borough Council following a behind closed doors meeting about its former chief.

Norman Stronach will replace Chris Mallender, who has been on extended leave since December.

The appointment comes as questions have been asked over the overspend on the £35m Corby Cube project, home to the town's theatre and council.

Mr Mallender, who oversaw the project, is to take a secondment.

He will spend the next 11 months working on an EU funded alternative energy project at the council.

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Mr Mallender initially took annual leave in December, which was later extended.

The decision on his future was made at the private meeting earlier this week, the council has confirmed.

The authority has refused to comment on the content of the meeting or the reasons behind his leave.

The Cube was built in November 2010 and an ongoing investigation into the project estimates it went over budget by £11.5m.

Demands have been made for the report to be made public, and Conservative Corby MP Louise Mensch raised the issue with David Cameron during Prime Minister's Questions.

Mr Stronach, who was formerly the council's director of operational services, refused to comment on the report until it has been finalised.

He said: "There is a lot to go over. Before anything goes into the public domain we want to be absolutely sure of the facts and figures."

He added: "The vision for Corby Borough Council and the borough remains the same and I will continue to push the council forward in order to provide the residents of Corby with services that rank with the very best."

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