St Helens regeneration boss Bob Hepworth to retire after 32 years

Bob Hepworth MBE is to step down in October

Bob Hepworth MBE is to step down in October

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ONE of the most influential officers at St Helens Council is to retire from his role as director of urban regeneration, housing and culture.

Bob Hepworth will step down at the end of next month after 32 years at the local authority. The leader of council, Barrie Grunewald, was due to thank Mr Hepworth for his long service at last night’s full council meeting.

In a statement Cllr Grunewald said: “Through his work with Ravenhead Renaissance, Bob helped to transform large areas of industrial wasteland in the town and created land for successful inward investment.

“Bob’s commitment and enthusiasm has helped St Helens to transform the legacy of a town formerly based on coal, glass and chemical industries into a town with modern infrastructure and new and emerging companies.” In 2005 Mr Hepworth was awarded an MBE for his regeneration work.

He oversees a budget of £29.7m and 467 staff. The director’s role, which according to the council’s website currently commands a salary of £114,000.

The regeneration of St Helens remains a topic of significant debate as the traditional industries continue to fade and the town centre battles multiple difficulties.

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8:20pm Thu 4 Sep 14

anthonywilson says...

After 17 years of waiting to get the St Thomas Square site sorted out, work is finally underway and Bob can finally look forward to putting his feet up.
After 17 years of waiting to get the St Thomas Square site sorted out, work is finally underway and Bob can finally look forward to putting his feet up. anthonywilson
  • Score: 12

8:38pm Thu 4 Sep 14

SallyW1966 says...

Bet he's payout isn't going to be 5 grand
Bet he's payout isn't going to be 5 grand SallyW1966
  • Score: 3

8:58am Fri 5 Sep 14

lawman2004 says...

“Bob’s commitment and enthusiasm has helped St Helens to transform the legacy of a town formerly based on coal, glass and chemical industries into a town with modern infrastructure and new and emerging companies.”'... Show me the evidence . I can show you empty industrial units all over the town as well as a dead town centre and a crumbling road network,
“Bob’s commitment and enthusiasm has helped St Helens to transform the legacy of a town formerly based on coal, glass and chemical industries into a town with modern infrastructure and new and emerging companies.”'... Show me the evidence . I can show you empty industrial units all over the town as well as a dead town centre and a crumbling road network, lawman2004
  • Score: 10

10:47am Sat 6 Sep 14

Alfielad says...

SallyW1966 wrote:
Bet he's payout isn't going to be 5 grand
He's retiring so he won't get a so called payout. Why is so wrong for people who work all their lives and pay into a pension to get that money back when they retire!?
[quote][p][bold]SallyW1966[/bold] wrote: Bet he's payout isn't going to be 5 grand[/p][/quote]He's retiring so he won't get a so called payout. Why is so wrong for people who work all their lives and pay into a pension to get that money back when they retire!? Alfielad
  • Score: 0

2:09pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Hughwithaview says...

Grunewald is exaggerating again - if he thinks this town has been transformed he really needs to call in at Specsavers and make an urgent appointment.
Grunewald is exaggerating again - if he thinks this town has been transformed he really needs to call in at Specsavers and make an urgent appointment. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 9

11:40am Wed 10 Sep 14

mikeperry109 says...

Perhaps he should be known as the Degeneration Chief.
Perhaps he should be known as the Degeneration Chief. mikeperry109
  • Score: 3

11:44am Wed 10 Sep 14

mikeperry109 says...

Hughwithaview wrote:
Grunewald is exaggerating again - if he thinks this town has been transformed he really needs to call in at Specsavers and make an urgent appointment.
Grunewald is using our town to further his political career - he came from nowhere to work for Woodward and suddenly appears as council leader. He has no long term commitment to the town, and God only knows why the Labour Group have elected him leader. They must be a spineless bunch.
[quote][p][bold]Hughwithaview[/bold] wrote: Grunewald is exaggerating again - if he thinks this town has been transformed he really needs to call in at Specsavers and make an urgent appointment.[/p][/quote]Grunewald is using our town to further his political career - he came from nowhere to work for Woodward and suddenly appears as council leader. He has no long term commitment to the town, and God only knows why the Labour Group have elected him leader. They must be a spineless bunch. mikeperry109
  • Score: 4

9:48pm Wed 10 Sep 14

Sankey says...

mikeperry109 wrote:
Perhaps he should be known as the Degeneration Chief.
Take that back perry have you not heard today's news St. Helens is creating a new tattoo palour in the town centre. New York / Paris eat your heart out
[quote][p][bold]mikeperry109[/bold] wrote: Perhaps he should be known as the Degeneration Chief.[/p][/quote]Take that back perry have you not heard today's news St. Helens is creating a new tattoo palour in the town centre. New York / Paris eat your heart out Sankey
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