Thursday, June 22, 2006

Another one bites the dust

It's been reported in this weeks News Shopper that the Town Centre Manager in Greenwich, Ian Taitte has just resigned.

As the report says this comes less than a month after the town centre manager for Eltham, Shawna Stonehouse, resigned as well. That leaves just one town centre manager in the borough, in Woolwich.

What the News Shopper doesn't ask is why they resigned? We've made a few phone calls and the overwhelming comment we've been getting is that excessive political interference leads to disillussionment. We guess that explains why it took 18 monthes to fill the position in Greenwich last time.

The odd thing though is that the Council's said they'll advertise the position "as soon as practicable". As far as we can see the Eltham position is not advertised on the Council website. When you couple that with no advert for the Greenwich position we can't help but wonder if the Woolwich manager is about to see an increase in pay, responsibility and job title. Far be it from us to wildy speculate though, it just seems highly odd that the Council's not started the recruitment process.

We'll just have to keep watching.


Blogger Inspector Sands said...

A bit late for this, but isn't this partly a structural problem? One London borough which comprises a group of pretty random areas can't be administered by trying to apply the same solutions across its patch.

Let's say the existing council was dissolved and Greenwich, Woolwich and Eltham were at the centre of their own districts. Would the "town centres" be run any better then? I reckon so.

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