Earlier Council Meetings Leave No Time For Staff Dinner

The Council is to review the timings of its meetings to make it easier for off-island members to attend.

A report brought before the Full Council meeting on Tuesday recalled how during an important committee meeting earlier this year, several off-island councillors had to leave to catch boats home, meaning they couldn’t take part in the debate.

Meetings held in the summer months, May to August, normally start at 7.00pm, while those in the ‘shoulder’ period, April and September begin at 6.30pm.

It’s proposed to bring all summer meetings forward to 6.30pm, but in her report, Council administration Officer Sue Pritchard, felt this could cause problems for her department who have to attend every meeting.

Staff currently have time for a meal between the close of business at 5pm and returning 30 min before the 7pm start. But returning at 6pm wouldn’t give enough time for a meal, especially when you factor in an average of 10-15 minutes travel to home and back, she said.

Staff are also given time off in lieu for work outside their contracted 37.5 hours.

Councillors voted to have the Democratic Processes Review Panel look at this and come up with a solution.

Unfortunately, it emerged that this panel hasn’t met for two years and councillors didn’t actually know who sat on it.


9 Responses to Earlier Council Meetings Leave No Time For Staff Dinner

  1. Fran Grottick December 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I have disagreed with most of the decisions Cllr. Day
    has taken for some time.
    However, I think it only fair to point out that there
    may well be family circumstances which have impacted on this low attendance record.

  2. LINDYLOU December 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Please, please will you state that the Nobby contributing to Radio Scilly is not my daughter Naomi Badcock. Feel the need to mention this after being approached recently and embarrassed with non complementary comments.

  3. Cassandra December 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    In fairness Julia Day’s absence is probably down to her husband being seriously ill and I guess that she will stand-down in May for that reason.

  4. Stavropol December 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Thanks Nobby, interesting reading, Councillor Julia Day’s stand out the most, only 4 attendances. One would ask the question if some of the councillors attend so little, how effective are they? Why do they bother standing?

  5. Islander December 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Perhaps the full council should have a meeting and find out how many committees/sub committees they have and then abolish
    half of them, cause i don’t think half of them are needed anyway…

  6. Bill Hiner December 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Can’t the off-island councillors “attend” by video link conference?

  7. Mike Vigar December 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Doesn’t that say a lot???

  8. PAT HICKS December 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Why do people make problems, when years ago there would be none. just finish at 4 pm and return at 6pm. its only now and then, and if some staff can’t make it have someone else on standby.
    B—– to many rights and health/safety around now days…
    I tell eh bloody world gone crazy…
    and yes i know i am one of them. but at least i know it, its the buggers that don’t know you got ta watch… eh eh