Head of Regeneration at Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Managing Director of the NSRP Tom Macartney is to leave his £150,000 a year post.
Rumours had been circulating for weeks that Mr Macartney was asked to leave and had been placed on ‘Garden Leave’, but this has proved to be unfounded and as we understand the situation, Mr Macartney has resigned from his post and will serve out his notice period which will finish at the end of September.
Regeneration in the city has been besmirched with problems over recent times, but Mr Macartney has always defended his department and insisted that projects are on track and will be delivered on time.
He recently asked for more time to deliver key regeneration projects and he said that he £15 million city centre bus station, the £40 million public realm scheme to improve the city centre, the £230 million Central Business District to the south of the city centre, and the £360 million East West Centre shopping precinct would all see construction commence in the next two years.
The NSRP has also run into problems recently with Newcastle Borough Council pulling out of the partnership. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Staffordshire County Council were also thought to be considering their positions.
The regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent has been hampered by the recession but Tom Macartney’s department has attracted criticism over missing out on certain opportunities and chances of making progress before the country was decimated by economic strife.
Regeneration opportunities will be further effected by the proposed cuts in government funding which will effect bodies like Advantage West Midlands, a vital funding source to local regeneration.