Thursday, 10 February 2011

Halton Council education chief caught up in political row with CWAC

A SENIOR Halton Council director has been caught up in a political furore at a neighbouring authority.

The Weekly News exclusively revealed in November last year how the borough was poised to merge its services for children and young people with Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The merger has since been given the green light, with Halton’s strategic director for children and young people Gerald Meehan likely to be appointed to the top post, with Cheshire West’s children’s director Dr John Stephens as his deputy.

But a war of words has erupted at Conservative-led Cheshire West about the way the two men were appointed.

Cllr Bateman told the meeting: “I’m a member of the staffing committee responsible for appointing the chief executive, directors and deputy directors.” “I’m concerned the staffing committee would have had no opportunity to reflect, to appoint, to accept, to approve even, this appointments process.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council spokesman Ian Callister said the appointments procedure had not contravened constitutional requirements.

My comment: The staffing committee had no opportunity to reflect, appoint, accept or approve the appointment process but this had not contravened constitution requirements. Then the constitution needs amending! Other wise for what purpose does the committee exist?

Read the full story from the source Runcorn and Widness Weekly News

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