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.

 



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