JOBS will go and £1 million of Clwyd Theatr Cymru funding could be slashed as Flintshire Council faces up to years of ‘financial turmoil’.
The council’s chief executive officer, Colin Everett, told yesterday’s cabinet meeting the future of senior managers was hanging in the balance and that corporate costs would be ‘hammered’ to secure the future of frontline public services.
The comments come as the council looks to make £50 million of "painful" cuts over the next four to five years.
Flintshire Council will undergo a major structural review and could also pull its funding from Clwyd Theatr Cymru as it considers whether the facility is core to its business strategy.
Last financial year the council provided a £1 million grant to the renowned cultural venue - which represented almost 20 per cent of the its overall income.
But at yesterday’s crunch meeting the council’s deputy leader, Cllr Bernie Attridge, said: “We need to have a serious debate to see whether the theatre is core business to this council. It is now time to look carefully at whether the council can continue to invest in it."
Mr Everett said the issue would be debated before the theatre's next business plan is approved by the council.
"We do not underestimate its value and importance but there will need to be a major public debate and it would be wrong not to put it on the table."
Nobody from Clwyd Theatre Cymru was available for comment yesterday.
Cabinet members heard the council is "entering unchartered territory" after the £50m savings figure was announced last week, but said the unitary body will not adopt a "slash and burn" policy.
However, Mr Everett said changes to council services were "inevitable".
"We have to hammer corporate costs and overheads even harder than we have been," Mr Everett said.
"We haven't restructured the council since 2007-8 and there needs to be a major review.
"Senior managers don't know their future at this point but we have to maintain morale."
Other local authorities in Wales facing similarly steep savings requirements have said hundreds of council jobs are likely to be lost in coming years.
Mr Everett told Flintshire members the council would need to strike the right balance between those preferring to leave through voluntary redundancy or retirement with the provision of services.
"There will inevitably be service changes," he said.
"There will be consultation on services such as libraries and leisure."
Cllr Bernie Attridge, deputy leader at Flintshire Council said: "We are facing financial turmoil. It will be painful.
"There is nothing worse than people losing jobs but there is only so much money in the pot and we have to protect services.
"Cutting front line services is a last resort for us - we are not taking a slash and burn approach.
Cllr Billy Mullin, cabinet member for corporate management said saving front line services was a priority but added the council was entering "unchartered territory" and would have to make "stern choices".