Pledge to make sure system works

HARTLEPOOL Borough Council’s new chief executive says officers and councillors will work together to ensure the new system works to the benefit of the town.

Dave Stubbs, who took over the top job earlier this month, was at last night’s count at the Mill House Leisure Centre and he said it was important people had their say.

The 64-year-old, who has worked for the local authority for more than 40 years, said: “The people of the town have had the opportunity, and while it was not a massive turnout, the majority of people have come down in favour of the committee system.

“I have worked in a committee system in the past, although not all of the members and officers have.

“But nevertheless we will make it work.

“As officers we will work within any system of governance and we owe it to the council and to the people of the town to do our very best for Hartlepool.”

The main challenge facing the council in the years to come is the bleak financial situation, with the local authority facing further budget cuts as a result of national spending cuts.

In total, between 2013 and 2017, the local authority has to save between £18m and £20m from its £91m budget.