Bovaird Leaves Council

PUBLISHED: 16:28 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 18:00 31 May 2010

CHIEF executive of Uttlesford District Council (UDC), Alasdair Bovaird, will be leaving the authority at the end of February. The announcement came on Friday. The exact reasons were not made clear, but Mr Bovaird said he felt it would be more appropriate

CHIEF executive of Uttlesford District Council (UDC), Alasdair Bovaird, will be leaving the authority at the end of February.

The announcement came on Friday. The exact reasons were not made clear, but Mr Bovaird said he felt it would be more appropriate for someone else to lead council staff in the future.

In an e-mail to all staff, he said: "In discussion with the leader of the council and other senior members, I have decided that it is right that somebody else should lead the staff and management of the council into this new phase of its development."

Mr Bovaird's departure will come on February 29, after the council has set its budget for the next financial year.

Cllr Jim Ketteridge, leader of the council, said "The council has been through a very difficult year and we are now looking to a new era for Uttlesford. We would like to thank Alasdair for his work on behalf of the council since 2004 and wish him well for the future. We will be making announcements about the arrangements for the future management of the council shortly."

The announcement is the most obvious proof yet that the council is determined to make real changes to its management following the revelations of financial destitution that have rocked it over the last few months.

The leaders of the two other political groups represented at UDC, the Liberal Democrats and the Independent Group, both paid homage to Mr Bovaird's work.

Cllr Peter Wilcock, LibDem leader, said: "We are sorry to see Alasdair go, but understand the situation and wish him every success in the next stage of his career."

Cllr Elizabeth Godwin, Leader of the Independent Group added: "We shall miss Alasdair and are very sorry that he is leaving Uttlesford. There are many changes in local government and Uttlesford has to move with the changes and adapt the council structure in an era of financial constraint not just in our district, but across the country as a whole. We wish him well and every success in his future career."

Meanwhile, negative feedback on UDC's Core Housing Strategy keeps coming in - this time from the Government Office for the East of England (GO-East).

The Government's regional office was invited to comment on the district council's preferred options paper, as part of the consultation process.

GO-East's response began: "We are pleased to see that you are making progress with the Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD). However, we do consider that further work is required."

Just as Essex County Council did before, GO-East said that it had not been made clear how UDC had arrived at its choice of preferred option, and that significantly more work was required before the DPD should be submitted.

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