Complaint Over Incorrect Council Information Panel

The offending text has been ‘Tipp-Exed’ out

A display board detailing the chronology of Council chairmen will need to be scrapped and remade after a Councillor complained it was inaccurate.

The 3ft tall, colour panel offers an historic timeline of the Council and the various people who have served as chair of the Authority.

It stated that former Councillor and St Martin’s resident Colin Daly was the first elected off-island chairman of the Council. But Roy Duncan wrote to the Council stating that was not correct.

He recalls Tresco Councillor, the late Commander Tom Dorrien-Smith, being elected Chair by fellow Councillors, saying at the time he was proud to have been chosen unlike his ancestors.

Councillor Duncan used a formal written procedure to table his letter and the Council rules don’t allow discussion and debate when an issue is raised in that way.

He wrote that is may seem “heavy handed” but Roy felt that if he mentioned it to officers and members, nothing would happen, and if the plaque is erroneous then it is just decoration.

As the sign is in Council property, the Policy and Resources chairman, Amanda Martin, had to respond and she said it would be dealt with.

The erroneous information had been ‘Tipp-Exed’ out yesterday afternoon.