THE man in charge of directing more than £60m of Government spending on services in Chester is to leave.
Blacon neighbourhood manager Paul Boylan is reported to have been paid about £50,000 a year to oversee the Pathfinder project.
But on Tuesday night he announced his intention to resign six months before the end of his contract.
Mr Boylan, who has been in charge for five years, used the One Voice residents’ meeting to launch his stinging attack.
He said: “It’s total grotsville in places.
“The city council employs a graffiti buster but there’s issues about who pays to clean places and who owns the buildings.
“It’s not the front line services, like the graffiti buster that are letting us down, it is the agencies.”
It is difficult to report simple problems and even more tricky to find out who is responsible for sorting problems out, he added.
A rash of tagging has broken out on bus stops, pavements and walls between Western Avenue shops and Matthew Henry Church on Dee Point Road.
Mr Boylan said this is probably the work of one or two well-known youths. But the graffiti buster has only dealt with Chester City Council property leaving the other scrawl in view. In addition no-one has been arrested or spoken to for the blatant vandalism.
Mr Boylan said: “That was 10 minutes spraying, but unless you have neighbourhood management down there seeing this, these problems will continue and will be unseen.”
The Pathfinder scheme is ending and Mr Boylan hopes by leaving early the £20,000 saved on his post over six months will allow an admin team to stay on at Plas Dinas, the HQ of Blacon Neighbourhood Management.
But he warns: “I’m not saying we’ve cracked it, there are still real problems, but without what we’ve got here continuing in a form where residents meet agencies face-to -face everything we’ve worked for could be lost.”