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[06 JUN 00] STRATFORD ON AVON DISTRICT COUNCIL NEWS
Town Centre Manager Could Be Put On Hold

A new post created to revitalise and manage Stratford town centre could be in doubt following a change of administration at the District Council.

The new Conservative controlling group said that it will "re-examine" its commitment to the position.

The Town and District Councils and organisations in the town including the RSC had got together to pay for the manager.

Similar positions have been created in other Warwickshire towns including Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick, and have proved a success.

But the Conservative leader Cllr Bob Stephens, who came to power following the May elections, said the District Council's 10,000 contribution might not be forthcoming.

The job has already been advertised and a short-list was being drawn up for interviews for the 40,000 scheme.

Cllr Stephens said:

"The new administration has taken its first significant decision within days of taking office.

"We fully support the concept of town centre managers, and hope to work closely with the Centre Committee to develop the post.

"However, we promised to look closely at the commitments in the budget we inherited and to eliminate areas of spending which do not meet the key requirements of district council tax payers.

"The town centre manager appointment is one of many commitments which we will be scrutinising with a view to a final decision being taken when the Management Committee meets on June 28.

"Initial indications are that the budget approved in March involves high revenue spending, topped up by diminishing investment income, following last year's overall budget deficit.

"We promised to be prudent and responsible with the District Council's income and we intend to examine all the budget proposals we have inherited to fulfil that promise.
  
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