Yarmouth calls off deal to share with South Holland District Council

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CASH-strapped Great Yarmouth Borough Council has pulled the plug on shared management with South Holland and Breckland district councils.

Yarmouth voters booted out the Tories earlier this month and the new Labour administration – which claims to have inherited a £10million budget black hole – reversed the shared management agreement on Tuesday night.

South Holland held its annual meeting on Wednesday when members learned of Yarmouth’s U-turn.

South Holland leader Coun Gary Porter told the Spalding Guardian there are significant differences with Yarmouth’s new political leadership and he no longer recommends the proposal.

Coun Porter said: “The new leadership at Great Yarmouth wants to work with a council which is geographically closer and where council officers are running services day-to-day, whereas in South Holland we like our executive members to be taking on more responsibility for services.

“We haven’t slammed the door on Great Yarmouth and if, when running the council, they change their minds the door will be left slightly ajar.”

Yarmouth council leader Trevor Wainwright said: “We would like a period of reflection on options open to us and I intend to consult with staff and partners about the best way forward for the borough.”