POLL: Have your say on Harrow Borough Council chief executive

POLL: Have your say on council chief executive

POLL: Have your say on council chief executive

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The role of chief executive at Harrow Borough Council is under review and the Harrow Times is giving you the chance to have your say.

This week the leaders of the main political parties of the council set out their arguments for and against reinstating the most senior post at the council.

Here is what Conservative group leader Susan Call had to say.

Here is what Leader of the council David Perry had to say.

Earlier this month the new Labour administration launched a consultation among council staff, unions and councillors about bringing back the role to Harrow.

The position will cost taxpayers £183,097 a year in salary.

Take part in the poll bellow and let us know what you think.

 

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8:18am Fri 1 Aug 14

diligaf says...

It really doesnt matter at the end of the day, Harrow council is one of the worst ever corrupt performing boroughs, cllrs week in week out slagging each other off on here, they will do as they please not what we want, its always been like this and always will be... a leopard never changes its spots!!
It really doesnt matter at the end of the day, Harrow council is one of the worst ever corrupt performing boroughs, cllrs week in week out slagging each other off on here, they will do as they please not what we want, its always been like this and always will be... a leopard never changes its spots!! diligaf
  • Score: 6

4:54pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Anthony Harrow says...

Why waste money reintroducing a role that is now proven not to be needed
Why waste money reintroducing a role that is now proven not to be needed Anthony Harrow
  • Score: 7

5:31pm Fri 1 Aug 14

PraxisReform says...

I don't know if Harrow does need a Chief executive of not; although I do think the issue is less clear cut that whether or not it's solely a case of whether we flush £183,097 down the toilet, as Harrow Times seems to be suggesting.

What I do know is that with modern communication technology, the Internet and the transfer of powers away from Local government, local Councillors now have less to do that ever before, so I'm sure Harrow doesn't need sixty three of them.

I'm doubly sure of this now, because the Conservative administration that first axed the post had no mandate to do that in their manifesto, and couldn't be bothered to consult with anyone on the matter, whilst the Labour administration cares only about consulting "among council staff, unions and councillors", so it seems like they don't give a stuff about the opinions of local residents.

I say that such an important matter should have been put to the residents of Harrow in a referendum held at the same time as the recent local elections (thus keeping costs low).

Finally, who says that a Chief executive has to cost £183,097? We know that if a politician stands down, there will be about ten candidates clamouring for the roll in the subsequent by election, so clearly that level of salary isn't putting people off.

Therefore, after a proper informed debate with local residents, who are the people that really matter, rather than "council staff, unions and councillors". _IF_ it's deemed necessary to have a Chief executive, let's advertise the post at £67,060 (the same as a local MP, and still about twice the average salary) then see who applies for the job.
I don't know if Harrow does need a Chief executive of not; although I do think the issue is less clear cut that whether or not it's solely a case of whether we flush £183,097 down the toilet, as Harrow Times seems to be suggesting. What I do know is that with modern communication technology, the Internet and the transfer of powers away from Local government, local Councillors now have less to do that ever before, so I'm sure Harrow doesn't need sixty three of them. I'm doubly sure of this now, because the Conservative administration that first axed the post had no mandate to do that in their manifesto, and couldn't be bothered to consult with anyone on the matter, whilst the Labour administration cares only about consulting "among council staff, unions and councillors", so it seems like they don't give a stuff about the opinions of local residents. I say that such an important matter should have been put to the residents of Harrow in a referendum held at the same time as the recent local elections (thus keeping costs low). Finally, who says that a Chief executive has to cost £183,097? We know that if a politician stands down, there will be about ten candidates clamouring for the roll in the subsequent by election, so clearly that level of salary isn't putting people off. Therefore, after a proper informed debate with local residents, who are the people that really matter, rather than "council staff, unions and councillors". _IF_ it's deemed necessary to have a Chief executive, let's advertise the post at £67,060 (the same as a local MP, and still about twice the average salary) then see who applies for the job. PraxisReform
  • Score: 6

11:54pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Yogesh says...

This is a new administration who has just been elected. They have already agreed to reinstate the Chief Exec and it does not matter what residents of Harrow say or do. By the time it comes to the next election in four years everyone will have forgotten the issue and the money will have been wasted.
The concern should be, what services will be cut to pay for this? What will happen to council tax? Surely, it will not be reduced. It will go up by minimum two percentage every year compounded, is that not correct Cllr. Perry?
If there is no response, which is normal, then residents need to get ready for high council tax and reduced services.
This is a new administration who has just been elected. They have already agreed to reinstate the Chief Exec and it does not matter what residents of Harrow say or do. By the time it comes to the next election in four years everyone will have forgotten the issue and the money will have been wasted. The concern should be, what services will be cut to pay for this? What will happen to council tax? Surely, it will not be reduced. It will go up by minimum two percentage every year compounded, is that not correct Cllr. Perry? If there is no response, which is normal, then residents need to get ready for high council tax and reduced services. Yogesh
  • Score: 3

3:46pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jackdaw says...

It is a good job Harrow council taxpayers are a responsible group of people. They haven't taken strike action and said they would refuse to pay if David Perry goes ahead and increases the council tax to pay for the new chief executive.

However. I feel a wind of change is on the way and the voting public will not take much more absolute contempt shown for them by the council.

Also the lack of respect shown by refusing to dim the lights to honour the fallen of the first world war will not go down well with those who the administration consider revolting peasants.
It is a good job Harrow council taxpayers are a responsible group of people. They haven't taken strike action and said they would refuse to pay if David Perry goes ahead and increases the council tax to pay for the new chief executive. However. I feel a wind of change is on the way and the voting public will not take much more absolute contempt shown for them by the council. Also the lack of respect shown by refusing to dim the lights to honour the fallen of the first world war will not go down well with those who the administration consider revolting peasants. jackdaw
  • Score: 3

6:35pm Wed 6 Aug 14

starbright says...

Yogesh do you work in and for the Council........you seem to know a lot? Of course the concern is what services will be cut if a chief exec is reinstated.....that goes without saying. But the council appears to have worked just fine in recent months without one.......so the question is WHY does David Perry feel the need to bring the post back? Also the Tory administration was going to freeze council tax for a few years so if Labour put it up they had better have a good explanation for doing so? If this does happen then surely the Tories in Harrow were better at balancing the books than Labour will appear to if they put it up? I am with Jackdaw on this there is definitely a wind of change amongst the residents and David Perry has to start listening and communicating with us sooner rather than later!
Yogesh do you work in and for the Council........you seem to know a lot? Of course the concern is what services will be cut if a chief exec is reinstated.....that goes without saying. But the council appears to have worked just fine in recent months without one.......so the question is WHY does David Perry feel the need to bring the post back? Also the Tory administration was going to freeze council tax for a few years so if Labour put it up they had better have a good explanation for doing so? If this does happen then surely the Tories in Harrow were better at balancing the books than Labour will appear to if they put it up? I am with Jackdaw on this there is definitely a wind of change amongst the residents and David Perry has to start listening and communicating with us sooner rather than later! starbright
  • Score: 2

9:56pm Wed 6 Aug 14

SeaBee says...

More than sixty percent of those voting are against having a Chief Executive and fewer than thirty percent are in favour. This is the wrong answer and the poll must be repeated again and again until the percentages are reversed.
More than sixty percent of those voting are against having a Chief Executive and fewer than thirty percent are in favour. This is the wrong answer and the poll must be repeated again and again until the percentages are reversed. SeaBee
  • Score: -1

10:28pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Yogesh says...

Don't worry the polls will be repeated and consultations will be repeated until the residents are fed-up. This will then give Cllr. Perry to do what he likes, in any case they will not listen anyway and will continue with their manifesto promise. Wont' they? Should they?Will they? Could they? The answer to all these questions is YES!
Don't worry the polls will be repeated and consultations will be repeated until the residents are fed-up. This will then give Cllr. Perry to do what he likes, in any case they will not listen anyway and will continue with their manifesto promise. Wont' they? Should they?Will they? Could they? The answer to all these questions is YES! Yogesh
  • Score: 2

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