Council education chief steps down

Warrington Guardian: Councillor Colin Froggatt Councillor Colin Froggatt

LONGSTANDING councillor Colin Froggatt has resigned from his position as portfolio holder for children and young people’s services.

Council leader Clr Terry O’Neill announced the news today and said he ‘fully respects his decision to stand down from this role’.

It is understood Clr Froggatt resigned on Monday night after a heated executive board meeting.

The Warrington Guardian understands it centred on objections to plans for the new University Technical College on Winwick Street.

A senior Labour source said Clr Froggatt had voiced his concern about sections of a report not made public which implied opening the UTC - funding for which was agreed in January - could see another high school in the town close. 

Clr Froggatt said: "I am both pleased and flattered by the comments being made regarding my tenure as the lead member for children and young people's services.

"However it would appear that the issue I resigned over is being buried by "great praise.

"The issue was part of the executive board agenda marked confidential.

"Should the council be prepared to release the details surrounding the decision, I will be prepared to explain the reasons for my resignation."

The source added: "He must have felt strongly to resign now, so close to the election, rather than wait until May to stand down quietly."

Clr O'Neill said: “Colin has been a valuable member of the executive board.

"During his time Colin has helped drive through some key improvements to the way the council offers services for the children and young people of Warrington.”

"During his time as the portfolio holder for children and young people’s services, the fostering service was inspected by Ofsted as good and school absence rates have been halved in the area. 

“We have thanked Colin for his professionalism, hard work and commitment in this post. He has served the council and the borough excellently and we feel we are indebted to him, and we wish him well,” said Clr O’Neill.

Clr Froggatt will remain in his seat as a Labour councillor for Poulton South while Clr Hitesh Patel has been promoted to the seat for children and young people’s services until after the election in May.

Clr Froggatt is the latest high profile member of the education department to leave the Town Hall.

Kath O'Dwyer, head of children's services, announced earlier this year she was leaving to take a job with Ofsted.

 

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10:18am Wed 12 Mar 14

PageA says...

Secret reports...secret Labour source...secret findings made by national executive....two men with principles pushed aside. What kind of town is this?
Secret reports...secret Labour source...secret findings made by national executive....two men with principles pushed aside. What kind of town is this? PageA
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11:04am Wed 12 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

PageA wrote:
Secret reports...secret Labour source...secret findings made by national executive....two men with principles pushed aside. What kind of town is this?
Vote Quimby for mayor.
[quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: Secret reports...secret Labour source...secret findings made by national executive....two men with principles pushed aside. What kind of town is this?[/p][/quote]Vote Quimby for mayor. Nick Tessla
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1:05pm Wed 12 Mar 14

WAFiver says...

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. WAFiver
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2:55pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Karlar says...

Clr Froggatt said: "I am both pleased and flattered by the comments being made regarding my tenure as the lead member for children and young people's services.
"However it would appear that the issue I resigned over is being buried by great praise."

Don't you really mean faint praise Councillor? Nothing new here, it is now par for the political and local government courses, that for the most part regardless of whatever the outgoing person seems to have done he/she will be feted (or should that be fated?) by their colleagues and hailed for making "worthwhile commitments and contributions" to their respective organizations.
How many local schools have had adverse Ofsted reports etc?
Clr Froggatt said: "I am both pleased and flattered by the comments being made regarding my tenure as the lead member for children and young people's services. "However it would appear that the issue I resigned over is being buried by great praise." Don't you really mean faint praise Councillor? Nothing new here, it is now par for the political and local government courses, that for the most part regardless of whatever the outgoing person seems to have done he/she will be feted (or should that be fated?) by their colleagues and hailed for making "worthwhile commitments and contributions" to their respective organizations. How many local schools have had adverse Ofsted reports etc? Karlar
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5:16pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Paul Kennedy says...

PageA wrote:
Secret reports...secret Labour source...secret findings made by national executive....two men with principles pushed aside. What kind of town is this?
Just to clarify the matter, the report in question was in the Part 2 Section of the Executive Board papers - Agenda Item 12. Part 2 items are items of a confidential or other special nature during which it is likely that the meeting will not be open to the public and press as there would be a disclosure of exempt information as defined in Category 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972. It is often the case that the confidential information is of a personal or commercially sensitive nature. As a Borough Councillor I was entitled to attend the whole meeting, and did so, apart from Executive Board Members, there were no other Borough Councillors present. At Monday evening's meeting there were 5 Part 2 Items on the Agenda.
[quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: Secret reports...secret Labour source...secret findings made by national executive....two men with principles pushed aside. What kind of town is this?[/p][/quote]Just to clarify the matter, the report in question was in the Part 2 Section of the Executive Board papers - Agenda Item 12. Part 2 items are items of a confidential or other special nature during which it is likely that the meeting will not be open to the public and press as there would be a disclosure of exempt information as defined in Category 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972. It is often the case that the confidential information is of a personal or commercially sensitive nature. As a Borough Councillor I was entitled to attend the whole meeting, and did so, apart from Executive Board Members, there were no other Borough Councillors present. At Monday evening's meeting there were 5 Part 2 Items on the Agenda. Paul Kennedy
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7:39pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Karlar says...

"personal or commercially sensitive nature" are terms that too often in the past - certainly as far as our national government is concerned - have been used to suppress information that is embarrassing rather than of personal or commercially sensitive nature. With WBC's record for keeping the electorate in the dark, greater tranparency and openness (promised by Cllr O'Neill when his party came to power) should be the more evident. if public trust is to be restored.
"personal or commercially sensitive nature" are terms that too often in the past - certainly as far as our national government is concerned - have been used to suppress information that is embarrassing rather than of personal or commercially sensitive nature. With WBC's record for keeping the electorate in the dark, greater tranparency and openness (promised by Cllr O'Neill when his party came to power) should be the more evident. if public trust is to be restored. Karlar
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7:47am Thu 13 Mar 14

PageA says...

Paul Kennedy wrote:
PageA wrote:
Secret reports...secret Labour source...secret findings made by national executive....two men with principles pushed aside. What kind of town is this?
Just to clarify the matter, the report in question was in the Part 2 Section of the Executive Board papers - Agenda Item 12. Part 2 items are items of a confidential or other special nature during which it is likely that the meeting will not be open to the public and press as there would be a disclosure of exempt information as defined in Category 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972. It is often the case that the confidential information is of a personal or commercially sensitive nature. As a Borough Councillor I was entitled to attend the whole meeting, and did so, apart from Executive Board Members, there were no other Borough Councillors present. At Monday evening's meeting there were 5 Part 2 Items on the Agenda.
Thanks for that Paul. Who decides if an issue is of a personal and sensitive nature rather than just being contentious? Why do you feel this subject qualified for that status?
[quote][p][bold]Paul Kennedy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PageA[/bold] wrote: Secret reports...secret Labour source...secret findings made by national executive....two men with principles pushed aside. What kind of town is this?[/p][/quote]Just to clarify the matter, the report in question was in the Part 2 Section of the Executive Board papers - Agenda Item 12. Part 2 items are items of a confidential or other special nature during which it is likely that the meeting will not be open to the public and press as there would be a disclosure of exempt information as defined in Category 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972. It is often the case that the confidential information is of a personal or commercially sensitive nature. As a Borough Councillor I was entitled to attend the whole meeting, and did so, apart from Executive Board Members, there were no other Borough Councillors present. At Monday evening's meeting there were 5 Part 2 Items on the Agenda.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that Paul. Who decides if an issue is of a personal and sensitive nature rather than just being contentious? Why do you feel this subject qualified for that status? PageA
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