I fear troubled times ahead at Warrington Borough Council in the wake of the ongoing restructuring process which has seen a number of senior officers departing and many staff still fearing for their futures regarding job security and pay.
While I applaud the council on its attempts to be more business like and making better use of public money whenever possible there is a limit to how much you can cut a service before the wheels start to fall off.
I have worked closely with the borough council for the best part of 30 years and year on year the council has been looking to make savings!
While I am sure the budgets are now worth many millions more than they were 30 years ago it is a fact that many services are not what they were.
There is a limit to how many cut backs you can make and I fear the council is now in danger of going too far.
The number of senior experienced officers who have departed or are departing must have some kind of impact, while few council departments have escaped financial cut backs.
In this modern world we have all become too reliant on new technolgy, especially emails. People are being replaced by computers. Why have a secretary when you've got email!! The days when you picked the phone and spoke to a human being are almost gone - I am just as guilty on that account.
Requests for information now sit hidden away in email queues, leaving those asking the questions wondering whether they are being dealt with or forgotten.
Some times you wonder if the email has ever arrived!
Perhaps it is time for those running the council to realise their ambitions to more business like are just too ambitious - there is a million miles between the public sector and the private sector - and the gap is not closing!