Labour’s fears over move

Councillor Clive Grunshaw
Councillor Clive Grunshaw

WYRE Labour leader Coun Clive Grunshaw has questioned the wisdom of appointing existing council employee Garry Payne as its chief executive.

Although he wished Mr Payne well in the post, Coun Grunshaw said: “The Labour Group do have serious reservations about the appointment process and the lack of external advertising for such senior positions. “Although I myself participated in the Senior Officers Appointments Committee that interviewed and selected the new chief executive, the Labour Group were not consulted regarding the selection process.

“Fresh ideas from outside Wyre may have given a different perspective on how services can be delivered more effectively.

“The ruling Conservative Group seem intent on keeping everything ‘within the family’ and this is not a healthy situation.

“We also have doubts about the ‘savings’ that have been announced.

“Over the past eight years Wyre has been through a succession of management restructures – all with the intention of bringing significant savings.

“However, internal promotions and pay increases for senior officers ensure that the announced savings never materialise.”

But Wyre’s Council leader, Coun Peter Gibson, who was on the new appointments committee which made the decision, commented: “We had three very strong candidates for the post, which shows what an effective senior management team we have in place at Wyre. I am delighted that Garry Payne has accepted the job and I look forward to working with him for many years to come.”