City looks at team merger

Newcastle City Council is considering merging its neighbourhood services and regeneration directorates.

A report by public sector improvement consultancy SOLACE recommended that the current structure should be replaced with several clusters, which would include area-based regeneration, strategic planning, transport and housing and design and traffic management.

The council will decide whether to accept the proposals in December. Executive member for resources Peter Allen explained: "We recognised that the organisation has had difficulty in meeting needs."

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