Stoke-on-Trent City Council to discuss £132k 'assistant' plan
STOKE-ON-TRENT: A council chief executive's plans to appoint an assistant on a salary of up to £132,000 will be discussed today.
The Sentinel revealed last week that Stoke-on-Trent City Council top boss John van de Laarschot wants to bring in a second-in-command after two years in the job.
The proposal is due to be discussed in a behind-closed-doors meeting at the Civic Centre today where internal applications will be reviewed.
It comes after the council made more than 750 workers redundant in 18 months.
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The council claims the new role would incorporate the work of a number of other senior posts as part of its restructuring plan to save £24 million in 2012/13.
Mr van de Laarschot was paid £198,000 in salary, benefits and allowances in 2010/11.
His assistant would earn between £120,000 and £132,000.
BARLASTON: A new oatcake shop is set to open in a town centre.
Richard Clowes, of Barlaston, has won planning permission to turn a former mortgage broker building, in Longton, into a takeaway selling the North Staffordshire favourite.
The building on The Strand was previously vacant.
The shop will open from 5am to 2pm Monday to Saturday.
First floor office accommodation in the building will be sealed off.
The planning application said: "The extraction system will be at the back of the premises and causes no disruption or effect on the neighbouring businesses."
Stoke-on-Trent City Council passed the plans with conditions.