Gibson takes on Liverpool highways challenge

14/06/2021
Dan Peters

Former ADEPT president Neil Gibson will be part of the team of independent commissioners who will oversee improvements at Liverpool City Council, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.

The appointment of commissioners led by former chief constable Mike Cunningham comes after an independent report uncovered ‘multiple serious failures’ by the council in complying with its Best Value duty, with highways procurement a particular area of concern.

Commissioners, who are due to be in place for three years, have been tasked with supporting the council in implementing ‘rapid and far-reaching changes’.

Mr Gibson has been specifically nominated as Highways Commissioner.

The council will continue to make most day-to-day decisions, but the commissioners will have the power to intervene if they are unhappy with the pace of improvement.

They will update Mr Jenrick every six months on the council’s progress.

Surrey CC chief executive Joanna Killian and ex-director of housing at Manchester City Council, Deborah McLaughlin, will be the other two commissioners.

Mr Jenrick said: ‘A major change is required to give this great city the civic leadership it deserves, and the credibility and respect required to attract investment.’

Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson said: 'We are determined to deliver the changes required to deliver the best possible value for our residents.

'The commissioners will be here to support and guide us on our improvement journey and we are ready to work collaboratively with them, utilising their significant experience and skills.'

Mr Gibson is the former executive director of transport economy and environment for Buckinghamshire County Council, where he also acted for a time as interim chief executive. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

This article first appeared on themj.co.uk.

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