Dr Adrian Davis Resigns From Council

adrian davisA prominent Scilly councillor and founder member of the HEART group, which pushed for greater transparency in the local authority, has resigned.

Dr Adrian Davis says he feels disappointed that he has been sidelined by other councillors and “naïve” for believing he could make changes in the Council.

Adrian says he and fellow councillor, Fran Grottick, have “asked serious questions but been blocked time and time again.”

He says his decision to resign has come after two key events over the past month.

He was one of the six councillors who signed a letter calling for a debate on whether the Chairman of the Finance Committee, Cllr Steve Sims, should resign.

Councillors voted to back Cllr Sims in the special meeting on 30th November but Adrian says he felt that decision had “flown in the face” of the Nolan principles of public life and the values set out in the Council’s own corporate plan.

A legal team from Cornwall also found that Adrian had no case to answer after the Council’s Monitoring Officer, Richard Burraston, made a complaint that Cllr Davis had bullied and intimidated him in a meeting.

But the Council’s Standards Panel still imposed sanctions on Adrian, including having to have a third party present when he meets with Council officers in the future.

He says being singled out and treated differently to other councillors is something that’s hurt him deeply.

Adrian feels policies are being put forward by the Council’s Senior Management Team, but says the community deserves more input into those and more respect of their views.

He feels there’s a perception in the community that islanders don’t have enough say and he says some of the changes coming about aren’t to people’s liking.

And while Adrian says he doesn’t want to see more governance being imposed on Scilly from the mainland, he thinks there are other ways to “move forward.”

“There needs more representation by people who have lived here for some time and know what Scilly has to offer,” he says.

Adrian and Fran were founder members of the HEART movement, which campaigned for great honesty and integrity in the Council.

That group was wound up when the two councillors took up their seats in 2013, but Adrian says he would be happy to go down the HEART path again if there was enough interest from the public.

He says he’s now free and not “gagged” over issues like the airport, as he was as a councillor.

13 Responses to Dr Adrian Davis Resigns From Council

  1. Ewart December 12, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    The people within the Council whether they were fellow Councilors’ or Officers’ who caused
    Dr.Davis to resign should hang their heads in shame.
    This is a person who has spent 45 years or more on the Islands,whose experience and knowledge should been sought by everyone on the Council. He did wont transparency and honesty, that was the measure of the man ,and for that he was forced to resign.

    When the Elections are held in May 2017 I hope that all the Electorate who backed Dr.Davis will put up candidates and oust the current Councillors and thus show show him that his short time on the Council was not in vain.
    In the meantime give him your support in reforming HERT and question the actions of the
    Council,its the only way to reclaim your Islands from the few who think it is theirs to run as they wish.

  2. Member of the community December 10, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    It strikes me that if, as a councillor, you do your job by speaking up for the Community and therefore , at times standing up to them, then only the weak Councillor will be tolerated, and there are quite a few around, which will suit the Senior Management team who are able to control them and, if not get, them to quit. Adrian, a longstanding islander with valuable knowledge, who served this community with his medical experience should have more respect than has been handed out within the Council, respect that is due to him rather the such conditions placed upon him, It is a disgrace and a great loss to the electorate

  3. High Lanes Drifter December 9, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    This authority is held captive in the uncertain grip of one officer and two elected members.
    Direction is haphazard, errors are commonplace, logic is redundant, budget control is a lost art and prodigious overspending seemingly expected and inevitable.
    Staff morale is at an all time low. Loosing Adrian Davis has significantly reduced the chance of getting this awful council to adopt a sensible approach to the governance of our islands. Never has the advice “be careful what you wish for it might come true” been more prophetic We are truly on the road to nowhere.

    • Gordon Bilsborough December 10, 2015 at 11:57 am

      I was not surprised that Adrian Davis resigned from the Council after the way he was treated by some senior people who should know better. After being accused of breaching the Members’ Code of Conduct, the matter was referred to the legal department of Cornwall Council. The Assessment Decision Notice stated there had been no breach of the Code.
      However, a Panel consisting of three Members of the Finance, Audit and Scrutiny Committee recommended that Adrian should receive training on dealing with the media. It also recommended he should only meet council officers by appointment, and that the officers may have a third party in the room with them.
      I believe this was an insult to Adrian after being informed that he had not breached the Code of Conduct.
      To make matters worse, when the report from Cornwall Council was presented to the Finance, Audit and Scrutiny Committee on 1 December (after being moved into the public domain), it was decided it was for information only and hence no questions could be permitted. When I tried to query why there had been two versions of the Assessment Notice, I was given an unwelcome lecture on procedure by a Member (who has done this before). This incident can be seen by viewing the last 10 minutes of the above committee meeting on the “Council of the Isles of Scilly youtube” site, It speaks for itself.
      I must admit I was tempted to resign after that blatant charade of “Openness and Transparency” but decided carry on in the hope that I can continue to represent those who have given me their support at six local elections.
      Finally, although Adrian and I did not agree on one of two issues, I have the greatest respect for him and deprecate the way his position was made untenable simply because he said what he thought.

      • Pete December 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        I personally think that this case should be referred back to the legal department of Cornwall Council.

  4. Chris Peat December 9, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    It’s very sad to see a standard bearer for transparency and open administration feel that he has no option but to stand down. Too late for the other councillors to persuade him to stay, or are they all happy with his treatment by the professional staff?

  5. Pat Hicks December 9, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    It seems there is still mistrust within the council/comuinty .
    Think the whole thing have been handled badly. .
    What was the chief executive doing while all this has been going on.!! . he should be helping to bring the officers /councilors together..
    Ha Respect.!!!! Think we all need to learn a bit more of that…

    Peace and goodwill to all.
    Good job ???? s on his way.. to bring goodwill and cheer to bloody all. . Ha ha

  6. Pat Hayden December 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    For a highly intelligent, professional person to be treated in the way that he has been, is an absolute disgrace. Thank you Adrian for all you have tried to do.

  7. a local who is not on the council December 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Simsply awful news.

    Still, we all know who should have resigned.

  8. Peter December 9, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I’m not local and don’t know Adrian, but from my years of reading this site, as a devoted visitor, I long ago formed the impression that, even if I didn’t agree always with his views, he was intellectually head and shoulders above the majority, if not all, of the councillors. I’ve said here many times before that in a population of 2000 there is just not the pool of talent to effectively run the unitary authority that is Scilly. So, what do you do? You drive away maybe the one person who has the intelligence to contribute to that high level of decision-making. Scilly, as ever, shoots itself in the foot. The sooner Cornwall Council, for all its faults, takes over running the islands the more likely Scilly is to be saved from being an uninhabited worthless pile of rocks 30 years from now.

    • Linguine December 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      “My name is Linguist Queen of Queens, look on my works ye mighty and despair!Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
      The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

      With humble apology to Shelley the sooner the mighty Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government looks at what purports to be local democracy on our islands the better.

  9. Jenny December 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Good luck to Dr Adrian Davis. Thank you for trying to open the closed doors of secrecy within an organization which should be there to follow the direction of elected Councillors.

  10. Allan Hicks December 9, 2015 at 10:26 am

    What a way to treat someone who has served the islands most of his life, a bloody disgrace.