New board making improvements at Corby Council

Corby Council leader Tom Beattie
Corby Council leader Tom Beattie
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A new board set up to make changes to procedures at Corby Council has been congratulated for the progress it has made.

This the council’s improvement board meet for the third time this week.

Its chairman Mark Edgell, regional associate of the Local Government Association, said: “Corby Council now has much stronger leadership in place and with it the determination to put things right. It has shown this by taking the sensible step to set up an independent improvement board to challenge the council’s progress with the help of advice and support from other councils.

“The board is ensuring Corby Council understands what mistakes were made in the recent past and why and what lessons can be learned to ensure an even better future.

“There are signs of change and improvement in the way new projects are being negotiated, decided on and managed in a more robust and transparent way. The board will continue to challenge the council on the strength of their response to these challenges.”

Meetings of the board take place every two months and its role will be evaluated at the end of its first year.

Other members of the board include leader of the council Tom Beattie, leader of the Conservative group David Sims, Liberal Democrat leader Chris Stanbra, Graham Chapman, deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, Christine Fisher, chief executive of North West Leicestershire District Council and Norman Stronach, Corby Council chief executive.

Cllr Beattie said: “We welcome the comments from the chairman of the improvement board which highlights the progress the council has made in the last 18 months.

“The steps we have already taken have been very positive and I will continue to work with the board to ensure future controls and systems are in place and are robust. I am determined to make sure that Corby’s regeneration continues and that it delivers what the people of the borough both want and deserve.”