MP Says Council’s Independence Not At Risk

Scilly’s MP, Andrew George

The islands MP, Andrew George, doesn’t think the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s independent status is in jeopardy over investigations into the conduct of the chief executive.

Mr George wouldn’t comment on the specifics of Mr Hygate’s suspension but he said it would be “preposterous” for a Council to be, “held to ransom for trying to uphold standards.”

Councillor Roy Duncan had voiced concern about the process that led to the chief executive being suspended.

On November 4th, Councillor Duncan told Radio Scilly that he didn’t believe the policy and resources committee meeting had authority to act. He said with the islands being scrutinized by government, Scilly could end up part of Cornwall Council, with as much influence as parishes like Stithians.

Heart of Scilly committee member, Fran Grottick, says she has asked Cllr Duncan for evidence to support his fears. She says he’s not responded.

Andrew George has replied to Mrs Grottick. He says the suggestion that any decision made about a Council officer could reduce the Council’s powers could warrant scrutiny itself.

He’d want to be sure that proper decisions by the Council weren’t being influenced by threats of retaliation.

The MP says he has never been aware of the government taking action against a Council which has made a decision that it feels is in the interests of proper and effective running of the authority.


7 Responses to MP Says Council’s Independence Not At Risk

  1. popeye November 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Well said by MP Mr Andrew George and Mrs F Grottick
    There has been a lot of Scaremongering and gossip going around about some people and things going on over here…
    talk about intimidation!!!.
    gosh we are all getting to the stage we are afraid to say anything.

    And you should never believe everything you hear!!
    or even better go and ask them yourself , you have known
    most of these people for years. … GO ON go and have a chat!!

  2. pat November 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Well said MP Mr A George and Mrs Grottick.
    Its time some councilors stopped putting obstacles in the way, and start working together for the sake of the islands….

  3. Todd Stevens November 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    The MP says he has ‘never been aware of the government taking action against a Council which has made a decision that it feels is in the interests of proper and effective running of the authority.’

    Well done Fran & HEART for getting the MP to show us all it was nothing more than scaremongering.

    And the motive behind a councillor scaremongering in the first place was……..?

  4. Fran Grottick November 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I would imagine that the majority view would be that local decisions are best made locally.
    However, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to ask that Councillors try and always act on the basis of good information
    and don’t make their minds up upon a particular issue until they have attended the meeting to hear all relevant information.
    Surely their electorate deserve that?
    Jenny, it may interest you to know that the idea of an elected Mayor has been mentioned at HEART Committee meetings,.
    The concept would appear to accord with HEART objectives,& be worthy of further discussion.

  5. Jenny Green November 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I think we need a Mayor- not a CEO. A full time mayor, elected by the electorate, paid a sensible wage, answerable to the electorate through the ballot box. Visable, proactive and accountable.

    • Nobby Nobbs November 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      The last thing we need is big fat ego walking around wearing a ceremonial chain making poor decisions and getting paid a huge salary at the tax payers expense.
      Thinking about it…..
      I’ll be ceo for half the money that Mr Hygate currently gets

  6. Nobby Nobbs November 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    One has to ask, do we really need 21 councillors and a staff of around 250 people for a community of 2100