Place theme service review to focus on Poole's economic growth and save council £300,000

A strategic review of ‘place theme’ council services in Poole will save £300,000 over the next two years.

From 1 February 2017, five existing units operated by Borough of Poole, covering important services such planning, transport, waste collection and libraries, will be reorganised into three new units:

  • Growth and Infrastructure
  • Environmental Services
  • Culture and Community

The service review will allow the council to focus resource on promoting Poole’s economic growth and town centre regeneration, and achieve significant budget savings through streamlining management structures.

Borough of Poole must find savings and efficiencies of more than £23 million between 2017 and 2020 to offset budget pressures resulting from reductions in government funding and increasing demand for local services.

The new Growth and Infrastructure unit will bring together strategic services focused on shaping the future growth of Poole, such as planning, transport and economic development.

Environmental Services will cover key operational services, including waste and recycling, streetscene services, parks and open space management, licensing and regulatory services.

Culture and Community will provide a single management of the council’s cultural and learning services, including libraries, museums, recreation and sport, beaches, tourism and community development.

The new service units will be led by:

  • Julian McLaughlin – Service Unit Head for Growth and Infrastructure
  • Shaun Robson – Service Unit Head for Environmental Services
  • Kevin McErlane – Service Unit Head for Culture and Community

Stephen Thorne, former Head of Planning and Regeneration Services, will provide temporary strategic planning and development support for six months. 

Kate Ryan, Strategic Director for Place, Borough of Poole, said: "The council is committed to promoting Poole’s economic growth and regenerating the town centre. This review of the council’s place services allows us to focus strategic resource and expertise towards this priority. Equally, it enables us to streamline management structures and generate savings of £300,000 for the council. 

"We recognise that there are key pieces of strategic planning and development activity that will require some transitional support, and provision for a part-time temporary role was made to take forward the Local Plan Review and ensure that, by the summer, we are able to agree a draft Local Plan for consultation."

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