News: New District Partnership Officer For Fylde
Monday, 29th March 2004
LANCASHIRE County Council has forged a new link with the Fylde with the introduction of a new officer based in the borough.
Debbie Thompson District Partnership Officer (DPO) has taken up the challenge of bringing the work of the district and county council closer together for the benefit of residents. She is based at the Town Hall in St Annes and is playing a co-ordinating and supporting role for local county councillors.
She is also acting as the county council's link officer with the Fylde Local Strategic Partnership. She explained:
"The strategic partnership will help us all to see if there are gaps in local services - and fill them. The aim is to see where services are being duplicated and how this cash could be used more wisely or savings made.
"My role is to keep councillors up-to-date with developments affecting their residents and to bring together other public sector partners such as the health services, the police, voluntary and community groups. . It's about 'bringing people together to provide high quality local services'.
"Councils, councillors and other public service providers exist for the benefit of local people. Residents benefit most when these services work closely in partnership - by working together we can best meet the needs of the people we serve and solve potential problems before they happen."
Debbie is one of 12 DPOs based throughout Lancashire in each of the districts.
County Councillor Bernard Whittle said:
"The appointment of Debbie, a very experienced local Government officer, will bring added focus to the work of county councillors and officers. The local partnerships between Fylde Borough Council and Lancashire County Council is crucial to the improvement of services for people in the area and I am sure Debbie will be of great assistance l in delivering this goal."
For further information please contact: Martin Crabtree on 01772 533536