ALL management posts at Cheshire East Council are being ‘deleted’ and staff will be forced to reapply for their jobs.

The authority is planning a major shake-up of its management structure in the wake of the Lyme Green scandal.

A report prepared for the cabinet has revealed that the council is aiming to save £5million by 2016 by reducing management overheads.

Staff have been warned that compulsory redundancies could be unavoidable.

The radical move comes after £800,000 of taxpayers’ money was wasted by starting groundwork on a recycling plant in Macclesfield without planning permission.

Kim Ryley, Cheshire East’s interim chief executive, has admitted that the fiasco exposed serious flaws in the council’s organisational culture.

The number of senior management posts will be reduced while those successful in applying for the council’s new roles will be more accountable for their actions.

In the report, Mr Ryley said: “Where individuals are displaced by this process, support will be provided to redeploy them into suitable alternative employment, either in the council or elsewhere.”