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All change at Stow Town Council
IT is all change at Stow Town Council following the resignation of the clerk and a new member joining its ranks.
A new role has been created at the town council following the resignation of full-time clerk, Chris Franklin, who joined the council last May.
Members have decided to advertise for a chief executive officer, who would work full time alongside current part-time clerk Linda Burke.
Councillor Mike Curtis said: “We’ve realised the town clerks seem to be overworked so we thought we might try and extend the role.
“We’ve called it a chief executive officer rather than a clerk to the council. We thought we would go for a little bit more of a higher salary and a few more hours.”
Councillor Chris Turner said: “You must pay as much as you can possibly afford to get the calibre of person this town deserves. At the moment we are putting too much pressure on Linda.”
Mayor Alun White said: “This will have a significant impact on our precept but given the amount of development activities and the need to carry forward progress in the interest of the community we feel that’s fully justified.
“What we have recognised with the changes in planning legislation, in particular the burden on the office of the town clerk, has increased and we need to recognise that.”
Meanwhile, Sue Brawn, who works as gallery manager at Baggott’s antiques and is the founder of Cotswolds and Vale Action Alliance (CAVAA), has joined the council.
The 54-year-old, of Maugersbury, was the only person to be nominated for the position following the resignation of Sue Lane.
She said: “I have been working on various elements to do with the town of Stow for the last three years and been very involved with planning activities. I’ve amassed a very significant knowledge and would like to have a part in its future.”
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