Mystery Over Secret Council Budget Debate

Council chamber at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

There is mystery surrounding the reasons why the Council discussed an item on its budget position in a secret session.

At last Thursday’s finance committee, the Policy and Resources meeting, the public were excluded from the meeting before the debate.

Cllr Dudley Mumford questioned that decision and Cllr Richard McCarthy warned that the Council should be mindful of laws outlining what should be discussed in private. He didn’t want discussions held in private session, “just because it was more convenient.”

Director of finance and resources Peter Lawrence-Roberts told Radio Scilly that the item was moved into private session because of the contents of the report and “concern for staff” to whom there was no opportunity to talk before the meeting.

Council vice chairman Amanda Martin confirmed to us that Peter and other Council officers had recommended that the item was moved into private session. Both Amanda and Peter say they intend to include it in public session in the Full Council on March 7th.

The meeting heard that the Council is setting aside “significant” funds for an employment issue this year and next and for legal costs.

Cllr Fred Ticehurst wanted to know what that was about. He claimed he didn’t know about this and requested more information. But Peter and Amanda told Fred it was a matter he knew about but they could say no more in the public part of the meeting.

6 Responses to Mystery Over Secret Council Budget Debate

  1. Jenny Green February 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Best free laugh on Scilly. Nobby, ‘neutral and opinion free’. Please keep them coming.

  2. Nobby Nobbs February 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Colin, like so many others on here, I use a pseudonym because the position I hold within the community requires that I remain neutral and opinion free, so if it’s all the same to you, I shall continue to remain anonymous. Sorry

    Thank you Derek, but being a councillor is a serious and time consuming activity that requires dedication, a responsible nature and, if possible a position on the board of directors of the Steamship company.
    None of which I have.

    • Ian T February 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Surely, if you were on the Steamship Board of Directors you would spend half your time declaring an interest and be rather ineffectual as a councilor..??

  3. Derek shave February 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Nobby get yourself up for election and you will know everything ill vote for

  4. Colin Ridsdale February 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Why,while you are asking all your questions are you afraid to use your proper name? Like the other folk who write under nom de plumes are you trying to hide something? Be brave use your own names it makes your offering so much more worth reading.

  5. Nobby Nobbs February 26, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Council vice chairman Amanda Martin confirmed to us that “Peter Lawrence and other Council officers” had recommended that the item was moved into private session.

    Once again the senior officers try and keep things from the people who pay their wages, ie: the public.
    What are they trying to hide?
    why do they feel the need to hide things?
    are they trying to cover up their mistakes?
    Once again we have the opposite of an open and transparent administration.

    At a guess it probably has something to do with either the Bryce Wilby saga or the departure of Hygate, or senior officers expenses, either way we will be the ones footing the bill so we should know what is being discussed in our name.