County chief slams rude officers

Suffolk County Council’s chief executive has had to admonish officers for their “rude” replies to letters and inquiries from taxpayers and councils.

Deborah Cadman, who took up the role a year ago, visited Great Cornard Parish Council yesterday (Monday) as part of her programme of visits to councils and groups across Suffolk.

Council manager Michael Fitt explained that he had repeatedly struggled to get adequate replies from county officers regarding the possibility of extending Great Cornard cemetery by around 50 per cent into the ground of neighbouring Hamden House.

“That is not the council I want to see operating with communities,” said Ms Cadman.

“I am being very robust on how I expect staff to behave.”

See Thursday’s Free Press for the full story.