Why has it taken so long?

PUBLISHED: 09:24 10 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:34 24 May 2010

CAN I ask why Graham Turner, the chief executive officer of North Somerset Council, is allowed to go out to a recruitment agency in order to employ someone whose job will be to teach council staff how to speak to people on the phone and deal with customer

CAN I ask why Graham Turner, the chief executive officer of North Somerset Council, is allowed to go out to a recruitment agency in order to employ someone whose job will be to teach council staff how to speak to people on the phone and deal with customers, at a cost of £765 per day?Cllr Mike Roe complains "the salary demonstrated a cavalier use of taxpayers money". How right he is.Why has it taken so long for this information to come out into the open? Surely there have been meetings where this new requirement has been discussed and permission given to the chief executive to go ahead and contact outside suppliers. Are they saying we do not have anyone at all, already working for the council, able to undertake this straightforward task? Whenever I have contacted the council by phone I have always found them efficient and helpful. All this was started last summer. I ask myself why it had to be kept under wraps. It's all very well saying the government is funding £1.1million of the £3.9 million costs of this questionable project but let us not forget that still leaves the ratepayers paying out £2.8 million for it.LAURENCE F ORME - Shrubbery Avenue, Weston

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 18:00

A new family show, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s classic festive tale, The Little Match Girl, is coming to Clevedon’s The Theatre Shop.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:52

A blue plaque commemorating one of Weston’s most famous architects will be dedicated this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

Plans to join up a coastal walking and cycling route from Brean to Clevedon have moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

A handful of students at Worle Community School have launched a club to help anyone who worries about being bullied.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

An innovative piece of equipment which helps people in late stage dementia is available to patients in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 11:03

A ‘casualty’ was rushed to hospital after a crash on a major commuter route yesterday (Saturday).

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

A men’s social group has raised £400 for Weston’s RNLI.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00

An evening of true crime studies awaits a Weston audience.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

Heritage experts are calling on people to help create a clearer picture of Weston’s history through a new mapping system.

Read more
Saturday, December 8, 2018

A team from Backwell will once again don their Santa suits and jump on their motorbikes to raise cash for a children’s charity.

Read more

Most Read

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications