Negotiations With Scilly’s Chief Exec Still Ongoing

Council Chief Executive, Philip Hygate

Negotiations with the suspended Council chief executive, Philip Hygate, over a settlement that could see him leave his position, have not yet been resolved, according to the Council’s finance director.

That has also been confirmed by Council vice chair Amanda Martin.

As of last night, Mr Hygate’s legal team had not accepted the settlement that councillors agreed in principle last Tuesday.

Some Councillors believe that the Full Council will have to meet again, should Mr Hygate wish to take the package that has been tabled.

TV reports have suggested that agreement has been reached but Peter Lawrence-Roberts says the discussions are still ongoing.

And he says until these have reached a conclusion, it will remain a confidential employment matter.

When the matter is resolved, and if Mr Hygate leaves, the authority could be without a chief executive for many months.

There’s no succession plan within the Town Hall.

If a new CEO is recruited from another Council, he or she would most likely have to give up to six months notice to their current employer.

And the post doesn’t have to be filled at all. Peter confirmed that there is no legal requirement to have a chief exec, although the Council must have a monitoring officer, and that is one of Mr Hygate’s duties.

Mr Hygate has strenuously denied the allegations that led to his suspension.


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