Long Serving Councillor Says He Was Close To Resigning
One of Scilly’s longest serving elected members says he thought about resigning over the way fellow councillor Dr Adrian Davis was treated.
But Cllr Gordon Bilsborough says he’s decided to “soldier on” and represent the people who elected him, adding he “can’t give in and let them get on with it.”
Adrian Davis resigned from the Council last week, even though a legal team from Cornwall found that he had no case to answer after the Council’s Monitoring Officer, Richard Burraston, made a complaint that Cllr Davis had bullied and intimidated him during a meeting.
But Gordon is unhappy that although Adrian was cleared, the Council’s Standards Committee still decided to impose sanctions on him, including having to undergo media training and requiring a third party to be present during meetings with Council officers.
Gordon says that was “an insult.”
And Gordon claims there was “a grim determination” to silence him during the Finance meeting on 1st December, when a report on the outcome of the complaint was brought before members.
Gordon alleged in the meeting that there were two different copies of the report and he says he wanted to ask why. “I was stopped from doing it,” he says.
Cllr Bilsborough claims that transparency in the Council is now worse than when he was first elected in the 90s.
And he says too much is “going on behind closed doors.”
Gordon says “there are things that top management would rather not discuss openly,” and feels there needs to be more cooperation between the leadership team, made up of the chairman, vice chairman and senior officers, and ordinary councillors.
He says the recent decision to hand back the airport lease is a “prime example of wanting to keep everything secret” and the way it was handled was “awful.”
And Gordon says a handful of other councillors feel the same as him.
He feels the way forward is to “keep fighting on” and to fill the four vacant councillor positions. “You can’t just give in,” says Gordon.