Council Vice Chair Unhappy Over Opened Mail

The Vice Chair of Council says she’s unhappy that islanders’ letters sent to the Town Hall may be seen by people other than the Councillor for whom it was intended.

Amanda Martin says all post, unless marked as confidential, can be opened.

One local told Amanda he was upset after correspondence over medical issues dealt with by the Council’s Health committee was opened because the envelope didn’t mark it as private.

The opening and receipt date-stamping of mail is a policy other Councils follow, but Amanda says she wants the system changed here so correspondence sent to Councillors at the Town Hall remains confidential.

Amanda says she has a “big problem” with the current system, as there could be a breach of confidentiality. And she advises members of the public to clearly write ‘confidential’ on the envelope if their correspondence is of a sensitive nature.


One Response to Council Vice Chair Unhappy Over Opened Mail

  1. Gordon Bilsborough July 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I think Amanda is abolutely right and she will have my full support to revise the system. How many people would like their private mail opened by somebody else?