From Radio Scilly: Interview with Council Chairman Mike Hicks

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

Scilly Council Chairman Mike Hicks on the Moorwell Alp and waste, the headteacher suspension and Council governance, whether the boarding house should be replaced by jet boats from the off-islands and whether he is in control of the Council.


5 Responses to From Radio Scilly: Interview with Council Chairman Mike Hicks

  1. Stuart September 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I was on the quay this morning and two teachers and lots of little people arrived on a jet boat from Tresco/Bryher, so it would appear that shipping children over from off islands to attend the main school can be done.

  2. Amy Langdon September 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I would just like to suggest that Stuart gets his facts straight before he makes such comments re boating. I live on Bryher and choose to work for the Council, even though I have to pay my own boat fares every day, as do all off island based council staff. Depending on numbers on the boat, this can sometimes be a lot more than a standard fare. Please make sure you know what you are talking about before you get on your soap box.

  3. Todd Stevens September 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    The investigation needed to be done from outside as it was clear that it was just a mess here.

    ……and what happened to the investigation into the ‘public living in fear of our officers’ here?

  4. Stuart September 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

    With regard to the dump; Why are we paying the chief technical officer £70k a year?
    Apart from the waste mountain, what about the weigh bridge that has been installed for five years but never used and then the way that waste material was being dumped at the McFarland down quarry on the sly without consultation right under the noses of the three councillors that live down there.

    Totally agree with Helen Glen’s idea to suspend senior council officers involved in the suspension of the headmaster while the investigation by the dfe is being undertaken. After all suspension is “a neutral act” and what’s good for the Goose etc.

    With regard to the Chairman seeking Top class legal advise re the suspension of the headmaster; how much is this all costing us the tax payer?

    With regard to the headmasters continued employment, is this a way of ensuring his continued silence all the while he is kept on the council payroll?

    With regards to councillors being told not to say anything to the public; Councillor Hicks states “There is nothing that members can say because they don’t know”….so sterling work being done on our behalf by the councillors then.

    With regard to “Should Mundersley be replaced with jet boats”.
    Well we pay for a jet boat from each off island every morning to bring councillors and council staff over to St Mary’s so I would say this is long overdue.
    The council could save around a £1m pa in savings with the closures of Mundersley and the off island schools.

    Tails still wagging the dog as far as I can see.

  5. Todd Stevens September 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I think that the investigationinto the Wilby affair was taken out of our councils hands because there was a fear that nothing would be done- Just like what happened to Mr Hicks investigating the problem of the public living in fear of our officers here?

    Lets all ignore this stuff then maybe it’ll just go away. -WRONG!!