John Bridge Chairman at Opportunity Peterborough talks to the BBC’s Paul Stainton about recent criticism and planned changes following the resignation of their Chief Executive Steve Compton. Broadcast at 07:55 on Wednesday 19th May 2010 in the Peterborough Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
STAINTON: The other big story this morning is that the Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough Steve Compton has resigned. The regeneration company has recently been criticised for not doing enough to promote the city by Stewart Jackson, Chris Haworth also, from Carter Jonas, blaming politicians. John Bridge is the Chairman of Opportunity Peterborough. He joins us this morning. Morning John.
BRIDGE: Yes good morning Paul.
STAINTON: This is a shock, isn’t it?
BRIDGE: Well the key thing is that we’ve just announced it, but we have over the past few months been looking and talking with our partners in Peterborough City Council regarding focusing on the best way ahead. That’s because obviously the economic circumstances have changed considerably regarding development and regeneration.
STAINTON: Is this nothing to do with the criticism recently then?
BRIDGE: No this has been .. this has been ongoing and we’ve had discussions over a continuous period of time and certainly I think we’ve already spoken with you about the changes and the refocus of Opportunity Peterborough, now looking at developing the economic development function within the city, and the growth function and delivery partnership being .. coming under the auspices of Peterborough City Council. And indeed yesterday, as I think you reported, Marco Cereste the Leader is indeed taking that growth portfolio under his own banner.
STAINTON: Do you agree with that John? Can one man do that?
BRIDGE: Well indeed one man is going to lead it. But of course what it is it’s working in partnership, and different people are playing their component parts. There is the growth function with the necessary resources, and some of the people from Opportunity Peterborough are working in that to provide the continuity from the work that’s been done before. And the delivery partnership is some key experts to look at how we can ensure we get the amount of investment we need going forward.
STAINTON: Will Steve Compton be replaced John?
BRIDGE: What we have done in terms of the fact now Steve has left is that our the Director of Economic Development Neil Darwin is going to actually take full responsibility for all aspects of the operation of Opportunity Peterborough from now on.
STAINTON: Ok John thank you for that. John Bridge just giving us an update on Steve Compton’s resignation from Opportunity Peterborough and the refocusing of their efforts.