Public’s Confidence In Council Reaches Crisis Point, Says Councillor

Gordon Bilsborough

A St Mary’s councillor says he’s “extremely angry and frustrated” that councillors have, in his view, been kept in the dark over the investigation at the Five Islands School.

In an email sent to the chair and vice chair of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, and copied to Radio Scilly, Councillor Gordon Bilsborough says he believes “we have reached a crisis point regarding the public’s confidence in the Council. This is far more serious than the usual comments over pot holes and the Moorwell Alp.”

Gordon says, “There is a general view that certain senior Officers have been concealing the true facts of the case. If there are reasons to suspect any irregularities, those concerned should be suspended immediately whilst a full enquiry is held.”

He says that, following conflicting reports from different sources, he’s at a complete a loss in deciding whom or what to believe.

Gordon believes it has now reached a stage where “the talking has to stop and a full factual report issued with as little as legally possible being hidden behind a convenient smokescreen of ‘confidentiality’.”

In an interview with Radio Scilly, Gordon says he’s never seen anything like this in his 22 years in local government, here and on the mainland.

He claims no single councillor seems to know the full story because they’re getting conflicting reports, most recently over Bryce Wilby’s resignation and the handling of the school computer.

And while he agrees that lead member for children, David Pearson, “has a right to express his opinions,” he says that now opens up a whole new set of questions that need answering.

He expects a full report to come before the full council meeting on 27th September and he says nothing should be kept from the members, even if that has to go into the part of the meeting where the public is excluded.

Gordon says it may be inconvenient for some people for the whole truth to come out, but councillors and the public deserve to hear the full facts.


7 Responses to Public’s Confidence In Council Reaches Crisis Point, Says Councillor

  1. Todd Stevens September 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

    How much more bad publicity must scilly face before the problem maker is rooted out and sacked. Its not rocket sience, talk to anyone on the street here and the same name crops up over and over and over…………………………………

  2. PCAT September 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Now that the Head Teacher’s union is involved the truth will ultimately come out regarding his suspension. Suspended because the Senior Council Officers believed him to have seriously mismanaged his rsponsibilities. Suspension is, of course, the way to proceed when the head of any department is deemed to have failed in their duties to such an extent that an investigation is necessary. Why then do not the Councillors of Scilly as representatives of the people suspend the person, or persons, whose handling of this sorry situation has plunged the beautfiful islands into disarray. Only by so doing can a truly independent investigation take place. The ball is in your court Councillors..!! The people of Scilly look to you. What are you afraid of?

  3. pat September 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Quite agree with all thats said above. its time people spoke out. if there are any truth’s in the rumours going around. they need to stop being afraid…

  4. Alan September 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    The longer this takes, the more noise is made, the more that Whitehall will start to question the ability of the islands to govern themselves.

    • IanT September 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Whether it would prove to be good for Scilly or not, I could never understand why Scilly wasn’t lumped in with Cornwall when it became a single authority. There must be good savings to be made and the advantage of having specialists in each field whereas in Scilly one person can have several responsibilities and is unlikely to be expert in any one of them.

  5. Todd Stevens September 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    About time our Chairman saw through the wool thats been pulled over his eyes for years.

  6. Stuart September 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    What have Councillors been doing while all this has been going on?

    Put this issue to vote to with the whole community.
    Lets have a referendum

    Do you the people have confidence in the chief executive yes/no
    Repeat for each senior officer
    Do you the people have confidence in the council of the Isles of Scilly yes/no