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Jon Hanlon looks at the planning and economic regeneration director post with Sefton MBC ...
Jon Hanlon looks at the planning and economic regeneration director post with Sefton MBC

Sefton MBC is looking for someone working in a senior position in the public sector to take on the job of planning and economic regeneration director.

The council is looking for someone with experience of planning issues, regeneration, strategy implementation and a strong grasp of funding issues to take up the challenging role.

The successful candidate will need to have some experience of working in planning and regeneration at a senior level within a complex public sector organisation, according to a council spokesman.

A spokesman says: 'This is an exceptional role requiring exceptional qualities. The successful candidate will need to have a depth of experience, but the job also offers challenges that would be hard to find elsewhere.

'This is a very diverse region and the job offers the chance to gain some really good experience. The successful candidate will need to have excellent project management skills and be able to take on a project from conception to completion.'

The council is looking for someone with an outstanding track record in financial management and experience of balancing funding from a variety of sources.

The£70,000 a year job provides an opportunity to work in an attractive part of the country. Sefton MBC covers a region with a coastline of 22 miles and is the most northerly of the five metropolitan districts in Merseyside.

The role of planning and regeneration director for Sefton involves taking on the challenges of regenerating deprived inner city areas, as well as working in more wealthy, suburban regions and the seaside resort of Southport.

Neighbourhood renewal is a central theme in the council's community strategy, which says: 'There is a distinct gap within Sefton between those areas that are suffering from deprivation and those that are seen as more prosperous.'

The Labour-controlled council was rated 'fair' following a recent comprehensive performa nce assessment and is striving to improve service delivery.

It is split into four directorates. These are the chief executive's department, education and community services, corporate resources, development and environmental services and personal services.

As well as working effectively across internal departments, the successful candidate will be expected to work with a range of partner organisations in order to deliver effective planning and regeneration services.

To see the job advertisement look in LGC's yellow pages

Facts and figures

Population: 282,958

Men 132,990

Women 149,968

Aged 0-15 20.2%

Aged 16-74 71.1%

Aged 75 and over 8.7%

Born in UK 97%

Born in EU (inc Republic of Ireland) 1.3%

Born elsewhere 1.6%

Average house price


Semi detached£127,605




Percentage of people aged 16-74 . . .

Employed 55.7%

Unemployed 4%

Student 6.6%

Retired 16.8%

Looking after home/family 5.9%

Permanently sick/disabled 8.1%

Other 3%


People with limiting long-term illness 22.2%

People whose healthis good 67%

People whose health is fairly good21.7%

People whosehealth is not good11.2%


Percentage of people aged 16-74 with . . .

Degree or higher 16.7%

No qualifications 21%

Ethnic groups

White British98.4%

Mixed race0.6%

Asian or Asian British0.4%

Black or black British0.2%

Other ethnic group0.4%

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