THE Tory leader of the new Cheshire West & Chester Council actually fought against the creation of his own authority.
The Conservatives were against Hazel Blears’ decision to reorganise the existing Chester City and Cheshire County councils. But Cllr Mike Jones says the electorate has voted for his party to make the system work and that’s what they will do.
The council will perform all local government functions from headquarters at County Hall. It takes over proper from April 1 next year along with its counterpart in Cheshire East.
The change will see the abolition of Vale Royal Council and district councils at Chester and Ellesmere Port.
The aim of the reorganisation is to simplify the structure and cut out duplication of effort to lighten the burden on council taxpayers, resulting in the loss of more than 500 positions in West Cheshire.
But Cllr Jones said existing councils were preparing for the hand-over by freezing recruitment and offering voluntary redundancy. Come April 1 most front-line staff would simply transfer across. Any pruning would be among middle and senior managers
As a former senior manager with large utility companies, Cllr Jones has been at the sharp-end of take-over bids.
“ In some cases I have come out of them very well and in others I lost my job,” he said.