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New roles for leading figures in council service merger

The Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, which Sharon Fairweather will continue to organise

The Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, which Sharon Fairweather will continue to organise

Two leading figures in Bury St Edmunds have taken on new roles in an ongoing merger of services between two councils.

Sharon Fairweather, former tourism officer at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, has been appointed west Suffolk markets development officer taking responsibility for markets in Bury, Mildenhall, Brandon, Haverhill and Newmarket.

Meanwhile, Nick Wells, organiser of the Bury Festival, takes on extra responsibilities as entertainment and events manager.

It follows an overhaul of leisure, culture and community services in St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath - part of the two authorities’ move to shared staff and services which has created £3.5 million in savings year on year.

Ms Fairweather will continue to oversee the Bury Christmas Fayre and, in her new role, organised a Christmas Eve provisions market.

Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: “The important word in Sharon’s title is development - markets are part of the tourism strategy for West Suffolk and part of the development of our market towns in the long term.”

Mr Wells retains his responsibilities for the Bury Festival and for programming at The Apex. He said they will be looking at developing current events in West Suffolk and ‘looking at gaps to see what else we could do’.

In March 2010, the two councils employed 871 people which fell to 646 in November 2013 followng restructuring and a vacancy mangement programme in which staff who left the council were not automatically replaced.

 

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