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Burton’s town centre manager role is axed

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

Paul Howard, new Town Centre manager

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BURTON’s town centre manager role is being scrapped and taken on by council officers, it has been confirmed.

The directors of Burton Town Centre Management Ltd (BTCM) confirmed they are in the process of winding BTCM up in its current form and are collecting debts in, realising assets and meeting any outstanding liabilities as is necessary, before formally dissolving the company by September.

Frank Startin, chairman of BTCM, said: “While BTCM has done a sterling job over the years in promoting the town centre it is no longer felt necessary by either BTCM or East Staffordshire Borough Council to have a dedicated post of town centre manager or a board managing this position.”

Burton has been without a town centre manager for six months since Paul Howard (pictured) left the role, leading Burton MP Andrew Griffiths to describe the town as ‘rudderless’.

The main function of town centre manager was primarily concerned with organising and publicising events and promotions within the town centre.

The BTCM has now confirmed this activity will be carried forward by existing officers directly employed by the borough council working closely with all three of the town’s shopping centres - the cost, the council said, will be met by existing resources.

Mr Startin added: “The council has launched exciting plans recently such as the refurbishment of the Market Hall, business development fund and enhanced street cleansing of the town centre as well as planning for the reintroduction of the annual Christmas Light Switch-On, which will be co-ordinated and promoted from within the council for the first time in six years.”

The Burton and Uttoxeter Business Crime Reduction Partnership which is part of BTCM will continue and be run by its own separate autonomous body.

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