Council Chairman Wants To Hear Your Views

Mike Hicks, Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly

The Chairman of the council wants you to tell council staff and elected councillors what you think about our local authority and what could be done better.

Mike Hicks will be launching a community engagement initiative next week on all of the islands and he says they are genuinely seeking your opinion and feedback, whether positive or negative.

Mike says attendees will be able to speak freely and if they are worried about talking to a council staff member or concerned that by speaking out or expressing an opinion they could be subject to reprisals, there will be an opportunity to have a private chat with a councillor.

Mike added it’s important that islanders know they can talk to elected members with any concerns.

It is not the council staff that run the organisation but he, chairman of the elected councillors, who is the most senior figure in the organisation.

Mike says he’s expecting people to bring up the incinerator and the dump at Moorwell. He believes that work to reduce it’s height and deal with waste is underway.

But he’s keen that anyone with ideas should come forward and offer suggestions about waste management or any other council operations that they believe could be done better.

Mike says if you’re concerned that by speaking out or expressing an opinion you could be subject to reprisals that is not the case and there is a way for your voice to be heard if you don’t want to share opinion or complaints with staff

The engament starts at BRYHER Community Centre on Monday from 10am to 12.30pm, then TRESCO Community Centre that afternoon, from 2.15pm to 5pm.

ST. MARTIN’S Reading Room is the venue for Tuesday, from 4pm to 6pm.

There’s an all day session at ST MARY’S Old Wesleyan Chapel between 10am and 6pm on Wednesday.

ST AGNES residents can feed back on Thursday from 5.15pm to 7.45pm.