Update due on Royal Borough management structure

Update due on Royal Borough management structure

Nicola Hine

Update due on Royal Borough management structure

Questions over the council's executive arrangements are set to be raised at a meeting on Tuesday.

Royal Borough leader David Burbage (Con, Bray) will be asked by Cllr Christian Harris (Con, Boyn Hill) to give an update on the situation at the gathering at Maidenhead Town Hall at 7.30pm.

Three key figures in the council's management structure departed this summer. A temporary reshuffle saw Christabel Shawcross, strategic director of adult and community services, step in to act as head of paid services.

Speaking to the Advertiser at the time, Cllr Burbage said 'various options' were being considered for the future structure and a final decision would be made by members.

Former chief executive Ian Trenholm left his post to take up a new job with DEFRA, and strategic director of children's services Cliff Turner also quit.

Former deputy chief executive and strategic director of environment David Oram, who took on the top job in the interim, then retired after 35 years' service.

The decision to give him the honorary freedom of the Royal Borough in recognition of his efforts will be rubber-stamped on the night.

Also on the agenda for discussion at the meeting is the suggestion that Furze Platt War Memorial Hall in Furze Platt Road be used as a polling station for the police and Crime Commissioner elections in November.

The council usually uses the Jubilee Room at St Peter's Church across the road from the hall, but building work happening there is not expected to be complete in time.

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