DEPARTING borough councillors should hand back their laptop computers when the authority disbands in April.
That’s the recommendation from the borough’s head of financial services Alan Hill who says the IT equipment can be returned for use by the new Cheshire West and Chester Council , who are keen for the computers to be retained.
The machines, which were purchased from 2007 onwards, are capable of being deployed into the new authority and have a warranty that runs until September 2010.
Mr Hill said: “The external auditor has been consulted on the issue and confirmed that it is a matter for the council to decide whether the retention and any terms imposed for retention would be lawful.
“As set out in the previous report, with a cost of around £400 being the amount required to purchase the laptops this would cover the actual value of the machines and the cost of clearing down.
“However, perhaps the most relevant issue is that Cheshire West and Chester Council have been consulted and are clear that the machines should be retained for future use within the new council and not released to members who are leaving.”
Members of the resources committee meet on Tuesday to make a decision on whether the machines should be retained by councillors.