‘Friend to Midhurst’ loses top district council job

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TOP Chichester District Council officer and ‘friend to Midhurst’ Kenrick Garraway has lost his job as part of a management restructure aimed at saving more than £300,000.

He is one of three senior officers to lose his job as the number of assistant directors was cut from 11 to seven.

Matthew China and Stephen Kane are also to be made redundant.

Yvonne Thompson decided not to apply for a new post and leaves next month.

Chairman of the Midhurst Community Partnership John Quilter said: “Kenrick has certainly contributed greatly to the town. He was the architect of the original Midhurst Vision and was instrumental in obtaining an £80,000 grant for the shop front refurbishments and the retailer training and he has been very supportive throughout the life of the vision group and its successor, the Town Team.

“Recently he has made great efforts to ensure as much parking as possible through the disruption due to development in the Grange car park and recommended the continuation of the two hours’ 
free parking in the town which has been agreed.”

District councillors decided the cuts behind closed doors and announced the seven new heads of service.

Rod Darton becomes top officer for Chichester contract services; Andrew Frost takes planning; Jane Hotchkiss will lead for commercial services; Steve Hansford has been appointed as head of community services and Jane Dodsworth is head of business improvement; Louise Rudziak takes housing and environmental services.

John Ward was appointed head of finance and governance last month.

The latest top staff cuts follow the cutting of executive director posts from three to two.

Steve Carvell and Paul Over remain in post while Amanda Jobling, current director for home and communities, will be taking redundancy. The new structure will be in place from April 1 next year.

“We are incredibly lucky to have such a high calibre of staff and so it is very hard when we have to lose people. We are very grateful to those who are leaving us for their commitment and hard work – and for the difference that they have made.” said Diane Shepherd, CDC’s chief executive.