Council merger aims to save £100kBy Nick Edmondson
November 16, 2012
COMMUNITY safety teams at three Hampshire councils have merged together in a move aimed at improving efficiency and saving costs.
Teams from Rushmoor, Hart and Basingstoke and Deane hope to make a saving of £100,000 per year through the consolidation.
Although the teams will continue to focus on their own areas, the councils claim it will allow greater scope for working together on shared issues, such as anti-social behaviour. The teams will all be led by the Safer Hart community safety manager Caroline Ryan.
The councils hope to make the savings from the sharing of resources and the deletion of three posts.
Two posts were empty, while a third staff member has been redeployed.
The teams, which work together with the police and emergency services, will aim to cut down on duplication of work and meetings through the new partnership.
Rushmoor Borough council will manage the three teams, although the individual staff will continue to be based in their own council offices.
Miss Ryan said: “This pioneering venture offers an exciting opportunity to change the way that community safety is approached in north Hampshire and I am thrilled to be able to influence and shape this project moving forward.”