Another Norfolk council lines up for SHDC merger

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A SECOND Norfolk council – Great Yarmouth Borough – looks set to join the shared senior management team for South Holland and Breckland district councils.

Talks began in September, a year after South Holland chief executive Terry Huggins was appointed to head the newly merged management team for his own authority and Breckland.

Council leader Gary Porter says the three-way merger could save South Holland £100,000 a year.

All three councils will vote on the plans at meetings on March 7, 8 and 9 and all three must agree before a merger can go ahead.

It’s not certain that Mr Huggins will keep the top job, but Coun Porter says the Yarmouth chief executive is already due to step down in a couple of months’ time.

A South Holland District Council spokesman said a confidential report will be debated by councillors here on March 7 with the press and public excluded “because it will involve staff”, but details will be released afterwards.