Scilly’s Council Will Share Monitoring Officer With Cornwall

town hall windows signIn a sign of further co-operation with the mainland, Scilly’s councillors have voted to appoint Cornwall Council’s Monitoring Officer to oversee the same role on the islands.

Richard Williams will take up the position vacated by former Scilly Council Legal Officer Richard Burraston, who resigned last month.

The Monitoring Officer is a role required by law in every local authority. They ensure that the Council is performing its duties legally.

Chief Executive Theo Leijser told members at last week’s Full Council meeting that ideally, the Monitoring Officer would be employed by the Council.

But he said the Council currently doesn’t know what its financial settlement will be for next year, so he suggested going with this temporary arrangement in the interim.

The report given to councillors also stated that further integration of “a range of other services including the provision of related legal services” with Cornwall is being explored.

Cllr Gordon Bilsborough said he could understand why this arrangement was being put in place but said he felt “uneasy” about it.

Gordon said the Monitoring Officer would be, “out of sight, over the horizon in Cornwall” and that the job, “requires someone here to keep an eye on what’s going on.”

3 Responses to Scilly’s Council Will Share Monitoring Officer With Cornwall

  1. A Martian August 11, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    My goodness Chairman this would be the same organisation that you railed against long and hard back in the day, you really have had to munch on a hearty slice of humble pie! You can’t even claim that the officers have changed Mr. Williams is still the main man.

  2. Ian T. August 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    There are reports that Devon and Somerset are planning to combine their council operations. This latest appointment just points out the long overdue necessity of Scilly to combine with Cornwall. If the Devon/Somerset merger can save money surely a Cornwall/Scilly merger must be extremely beneficial to the islands. Sorry, Lambsy but the present situation is ludicrous in this day and age.

    • lambsy August 11, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      you are right but it is not only the situation but our whole organisation, reorganisation, re-reorganisation ‘council farce’ that is palpably ludicrous.