Thursday, 21 March 2013

Nothing to do with Fleet St.

Much more serious that that.

Torbay Council lose senior member of the Executive.

This is a serious blow to Mayor Oliver and to Torbay.

Cllr Hernandez is executive lead for involved and healthy communities. Cllr Hernandez said she offered her resignation with 'great sadness', but said it was 'untenable to carry out this role effectively when one is a working parent'.
The 39-year-old, who has a five-year-old daughter, said: "The lack of flexibility, lack of decision-making ability, lack of the use of technology, low allowances and extremely limited officer support has exacerbated this."

She said that unless the mayor changes working practices, she cannot consider being an executive lead again, but she will continue to be a ward councillor.
She said: "I support the mayoral system, but executive leads are advisors not decision-makers and nobody does anything unless the mayor says so. I recognise he's a very busy man, but it's Gordon Oliver who sets the standards and makes the decisions and I believe he is not driving change where it's needed.

"I can't see where we're going as a council and a Bay. We're all busy, but busy doing nothing.


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