Public sector news in brief

CLARIFICATION: The leader of Haringey Council, councillor George Meehan, is not standing down due to the restructuring of its communications unit, as stated in our news pages last week. Meehan will continue to serve on the council’s executive following his planned retirement as leader on 24 May.

BOURNEMOUTH: Bournemouth Borough Council’s website has undergone a revamp, following an online survey in August last year and website workshops with members of the Citizens’ Panel. The site, at www.bournemouth.gov.uk, now features more direct links to information from the home page, with new sections for residents, visitors and businesses, as well as local events listings.

SOUTHWARK: The London Borough of Southwark is on the hunt for a head of comms following news of the forthcoming departure of Amanda Hurst, who is believed to be setting up her own business. Hurst manages a team of 13 and reports to assistant chief executive Sarah Naylor.

GREENWICH: Greenwich Council is to launch an adult education campaign in a bid to attract mature locals back into education. The campaign, to take place in the summer, will feature a ‘subliminal’ poster and billboard initiative with general knowledge questions and a reply email address. The email will direct respondents to the adult education website.

KNOWSLEY: Knowsley Council head of comms Carol Lamb has proposed a team restructure. Lamb wants to merge the marketing and media teams and then create a corporate comms and service comms division. The latter, which would support internal comms, would produce a regular community newsletter and manage public affairs. The proposals will be reviewed by the council cabinet in June.

HALTON: Halton Borough Council has kicked off the search to find a head of comms following the departure of Jane Astle in February to Lancashire Police. The role manages a team of seven and is responsible for the areas of marketing, PR and internal comms.

WESTMINSTER: Westminster City Council has launched a campaign to discourage taxi drivers around Gloucestershire Square from urinating in public. They are being warned – by posters around Paddington Station – that they could face a fine, a criminal record and the loss of their licence.

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