Councillor Holding Public Meeting To Discuss Wilby Case

town hall windows signA Scilly councillor, frustrated by the Council’s silence over the suspension of the former school head teacher, has called a public meeting to discuss the latest developments.

It’s three years since Adrian Davis’ community group ‘HEART’ first held a public meeting to discuss alleged financial impropriety claims made against Bryce Wilby.

Mr Wilby has always denied any wrongdoing.

Last week Radio Scilly revealed that the teachers’ professional conduct body, the NCTL, had thrown out Bryce’s case after they had serious doubts over the Council-supplied evidence against him.

Dr Davis says rightly or wrongly, the Authority’s Senior Management Team, made up of councillors and officers, has refused to share any information when elected members have asked for it.

And he says repeated requests for a public debate in committee have been refused.

Adrian is holding the meeting as an island resident because he’s been told he can’t do it as councillor.

Colleague Cllr Gordon Bilsborough doesn’t think members should be silenced.

He says they are representatives of the electors and not the Town Hall. And he says the community has the right to know a councillor’s views on Council business.

Dr Davis says he’ll use Thursday’s Town Hall meeting to gauge what islanders would like to happen next.

There could, for example, be a call for further action including more meetings or a petition.

Adrian says a lot has happened over the past three years and the whole process has become very drawn out, but he feels it’s, “come to a turning point” with recent news.

Adrian says he doesn’t know what the next steps should be and he’s interested to find out the community’s views on that.

Dr Davis isn’t entirely happy with his experience of being a councillor.

He says he stood for election after the community group HEART identified locals’ wish for more open and transparent Council during a public meeting in May 2012.

But he says he’s not achieved all of the ambitions of the HEART group in relation to openness within the Local Authority.

And although he believes that “some things have got better,” the “basic problems still remain.”

“It’s a signpost that things are not right in the way we’re governed,” says Adrian.

Dr Davis is urging any islanders with questions or comments to attend the 7pm meeting in the Town Hall on Thursday.

Last week the Council told Radio Scilly that they have no further comment on Mr Wilby’s case.