Cambridgeshire

Council chief volunteers to leave to save money

David Monks
Image caption Mr Monks has been Huntingdonshire District Council's chief executive since 1995

The chief executive of a district council in Cambridgeshire facing up to £8.4m cuts over four years has volunteered for redundancy.

Huntingdonshire District Council approved David Monks' application to leave and also voted to abolish the post of chief executive.

The council said overall it could save £300,000 by losing three managers.

Half of the £300,000 could be saved with Mr Monks' departure. His annual salary is £149,984.

Mr Monks will receive a redundancy settlement of £139,452.

The council has yet to decide how it will save the £8.4m but anticipates the equivalent of 124 full time jobs will be lost.

The district's CCTV service could be mothballed saving £500,000.

The countryside team at the council that helps manage footpaths and public rights of way could also be targeted to save money.

The council is proposing to reduce opening hours at its call centre by two hours each day and closing customer service centres at Ramsey, Yaxley, St Ives and St Neots.

Some leisure centre opening times could be cut if the plans are accepted.

Many capital projects will be affected if the cuts go through.

For example the housing repairs budget could be cut by half to £100,000 a year limiting the number of unoccupied dwellings that could be brought back into use.

A plan to redevelop Huntingdon bus station would also be put on hold.

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