Motions of ‘no confidence’ against five councillors to be debated at public extraordinary meeting

Someone suggested ditching the TV soap opera on Friday night and heading to Ryde Town Council where the tensions between councillors will be played out in public

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The deep divisions at Ryde Town Council will be on show for all see this Friday evening as members are summoned to an extraordinary meeting to debate three motions of ‘no confidence’.

Taking place at 7pm on Friday 17th January in the Upper Room (which can seat 200) of the George Street Centre, George Street, Ryde the meeting will hear the three motions as set out below.

‘No confidence’ in Mayor and Deputy
Cllr Ian Stephens is proposing the motion:

That this Council no longer has confidence in the current Mayor Cllr Lilley and Deputy Mayor Cllr Axford and that they be required to stand down immediately from their respective offices to allow a fresh election to these posts to be carried out at the next meeting of the full Council.

Proposal By Way of Notice of Motion: Because of the lack of transparency, inclusion and respect being shown to colleague councillors and staff there is a need for this council to bring about change that can restore public confidence and a sound administration. This can only be achieved by the removal from office of the councillors responsible for the current disharmony.

‘No confidence’ in Chair and Deputy of Finance committee
Cllr Julian Critchley is proposing the motion:

That this Council no longer has confidence in the current Chair of Finance Cllr Jordan and Deputy Chair of Finance Cllr Farrell and that they be required to stand down immediately from their respective offices to allow a fresh election to these posts to be carried out at the next meeting of the Finance Committee.

Proposal By Way of Notice of Motion: Because of the lack of transparency, inclusion and respect being shown to colleague councillors and staff there is a need for this council to bring about change that can restore public confidence and a sound administration. This can only be achieved by the removal from office of the councillors responsible for the current disharmony.

‘No Confidence’ in Chair of Planning Committee
Cllr Sue Lyons is proposing the motion:

That this Council no longer has confidence in the current Chair of Planning Cllr Conyers and that she be required to stand down immediately from her office to allow a fresh election to take place at the next meeting of the Planning Committee.

Proposal By Way of Notice of Motion: Because of the lack of transparency, inclusion and respect being shown to colleague councillors and staff there is a need for this council to bring about change that can restore public confidence and a sound administration. This can only be achieved by the removal from office of the councillors responsible for the current disharmony.

Visit the Ryde Town Council Website for further info.

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Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 9:17am

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Eagle eye
County Hall must be having a field day with Town and Parish councils tearing themselves apart. Nobody expects everyone to get along all the time but you do expect elected representatives to conduct themselves in a professional way. There is also an expectation that they will work for the good of those they represent. Therefore, instead of writing about if, buts and maybe we should all wait… Read more »
collin
What appalling behaviour from Critchley, Stephens and Lyons. On Facebook Julian brags to his followers ‘The Council was a joyously dull and uncontroversial business ‘ Of course it was Nothing Ever Got Done So as soon as some energetic and proactive councillors try to get the community behind them to get things done, like buy the Harbour,save the Town Hall and regenerate the High Street, he and… Read more »
objective1
Collin I am sure that Cllrs Critchley, Stephens and Lyons are more than capable of defending themselves against such an abusive smokescreen – so I won’t bother as I am solely concerned about the current allegations. Tabling a Vote of No Confidence is not “appalling behaviour” but a legitimate way of raising issues that would be hidden. it is the content of the allegations that suggests appalling… Read more »
Geoff Brodie
So Labour’s Cllr Sue Lyons has tabled a motion of no confidence in Labour’s Cllr Diana Conyers, as well as there being various other motions of no confidence in other members. Anyone who has met Diana will know this is a nonsense. In 30 years Labour party membership on the IW I never ever came across such public division. Well done Ryde Mafia ‘Comrades’ Critchley, Moody and… Read more »
jonathandent10
I guess I am one of the ‘Well to do friends in the Ryde Society’ which Critchely has said about a group of individuals who formed the Ryde Society for the good of Ryde and its residents. Critchley’s comment seems to show a large chip on his shoulder. The labour party is of course known for its prejudice and it seems that this also transfers to town… Read more »
peterj
I have to say that although I await the actual facts of the matter, Cllrs Lilley and Jordan are the 2 most unlikeliest people I would have thought to have been up to any kind of shenanigans. Indeed if you asked me to list the most capable and trustworthy councillors on the Island they would be right up there, along with Cllr Brodie. Conversely many people have… Read more »
objective1
jonathandent10 I am only interested in the serious allegations that have been made but notice that you don’t refer to them in any way. To be honest it would appear that you are the one with a chip on your shoulder, giving out bully boy insults, and that you want to turn this in to a smokescreen Party political debate. It isn’t – it is potentially a… Read more »
Geoff Brodie

‘Well to do friends in the Ryde Society’ ? Does that include a mansion on Queens Road, a number of privately rented flats, and no need for a job ?

jonathandent10
I wonder who ‘Objective1’ is? A friend of the seven or one of them? I truely believe that the resignations of the clerks was carried out in a proper manner and with all necessary legal and HR advice. Of course it is unusual to have TWO town council clerks; so clearly their resignations will save money when the new town clerk is replaced with just one clerk.… Read more »
objective1
I am a member of the public. I am non-Party political ad not connected to Ryde Town Council or it’s Cllrs. Please don’t try and smear me in the way you have just done. Instead of personalising the issue and throwing personal attacks and abuse around why don’t you simply address the issue. Which is – should a handful of Cllrs conduct secret negotiations with disaffected staff… Read more »
mikeg
Excuse me, but is Geoff Brodie suggesting that members of a party should not call out behaviour that is unacceptable even if it’s another member of their party? I thought that was exactly what he did when he was a Labour Party member himself. Anyway, parish councillors don’t stand for a party. More interestingly, objective1 brings up some shocking issues, though, and I can see why Ryde… Read more »
Geoff Brodie

Not true. I have criticised a malevolent, come-lately element of Labour membership SINCE leaving the part 2 years ago. When a party member I would have raised any concerns I had internally and ensured nothing untoward was happening. As I am entirely sure is the case with Diana Conyers. Critchley and his colleague Moody seemingly prefers to bully her in public.

objective1

Geoff Brodie. Proposing a motion of No Confidence is not bullying. It is a legitimate way of raising concerns and seeking redress. I would suggest that publicly calling named individuals a “Mafia” after a murderous, corrupt, terror-ridden organisation is actually a good example of bullying.

Geoff Brodie

Just as making anonymous, cowardly comments is. I use ‘mafia’ in a loose sense.

Geoff Brodie

Regarding the charges, if they are true I entirely agree there should be no cover up. I have yet to read evidential. Only Critchley and his cohorts’ witch hunt accusations.

monktonvillager
It seems to me that the simplest answer is to throw the lot out and have an election. Lets have ONLY elected councillors and find out if the town has really got the energy to sort this factionalised group out. I read here about the politics of the council from a party perspective, this council should be apolitical and concerned ONLY about Ryde! As for the comments… Read more »
alisonjane
Town + Parish Councils are primarily there to represent the electorate. To use the precept funding they are allocated to benefit their community + services in that community. More + more Town + Parish Councils are being run as businesses, taking on services from the IOW Council, which would have otherwise been cut or lost completely. Each Town + Parish Council has its own set of Standing… Read more »
objective1
It has now become known what has been alleged to be happening behind closed RTC doors, even beyond Ryde. This includes the bullying of staff, including the Clerks who have now left, deals that include non-disclosure and gagging agreements, and the likely payment of many £000’s of the community precept to those departed staff as part of those agreements. Some Cllrs have never been informed of these… Read more »
peterj

“Frankly, there is only one seven letter word for this sort of alleged behaviour that begins with “c” and ends with “t”. Not the one used in Bembridge!”

Cabaret?

Just a reminder I’ll be outside selling strawberry mivvi’s and a limited edition souvenir guide.

objective1

Haha! Nope. Neither is it “convict”, “contort”, “concert”, “convert” or “comfort”. I think you are trying to corrupt my point.

peterj
Hmmm, I give up then. I did consider “cesspit” but discounted it as we don’t appear to be at Bembridge levels just yet. But in all seriousness, the true monsters here are of course the silent down-voters to a fairly innocuous attempt at humour. It is a time-honoured and very British coping mechanism, much needed as we continue our descent in this bizarro and truly awful time-line.… Read more »
Benny C
The governance question-marks are actually reassuring here. What is so disturbing, damaging and disappointing is the fact the individuals concerned either don’t understand or, worse, don’t care about the negative impact being inflicted BY THEM ALL upon the image of Ryde, the IOW and the credibility of local government. The inability of this group to think, act and communicate tactically, let alone strategically, to retain respect rather… Read more »
Geoff Brodie
Well said. Thankfully none of the 7 witch hunters have any involvement in wider Island affairs and only one is an IW Councillor. Michael Lilley is respected across the voluntary sector as someone who cares about people and works his socks off for his residents in Ryde. This should have been sorted out without the press release issued last Friday, but Critchley just cannot help himself when… Read more »
peterj

Also completely agree. I will eat my proverbial headwear if this turns out to anything other than grandstanding. At worse there might have been a technical breach of disclosure by one or two, rather than actual wrong-doing.

All so unnecessary and ultimately will just make everyone look silly and further undermines local government. Well done to all.

jonathandent10

Watergate-love it Collin,thanks for post. They are just sad sad people.

objective1

Didn’t Watergate result in Nixon’s resignation and the fall of the administration?

peterj

Methinks you are hearing a whooshing noise above you about now…

juliancritchley
I would urge all citizens of Ryde to turn up to the George Street Centre at 7pm on Friday to hear about what has been going on at their council. Particularly how *some* councillors, led by Councillor Michael Lilley, took it upon themselves to spend tens of thousands of pounds of Ryde residents’ money to hurry the departure of our two town clerks, signing a gagging order… Read more »
ukdave

I expect the pay-off was damage limitation. A grievance could go on for months and end up costing more?

Jacky

If there is nothing to fear the may I Suggest the District Auditor ? They are from the mainland and are very thorough .They serve the South East.
Maybe while they are here the can take a look at Bembridge and Sandown too ?
Transparency is the rule in all council matters ,it is public money and is not for backroom deals and gagging orders .

peterj
If you care about transparency so much there are far, far bigger fish out there – both at County and Nation level. It is shockingly naive to think that everything should be made public for reasons I gave elsewhere, although of course in general I too think there should be more transparency in all aspects of government. This all arose because of problems with process, which is… Read more »
brockbadger

To Eagle eye. And by the same token – if the seven are proved right then Cllr Lilley and co should go as it will have been shown that it is they who have brought the Council into disrepute?

brockbadger
Seven out of 16 Ryde Town Councillors have very serious concerns about the manner in which the Council’s Personnel Panel has committed significant public funds to seal the departure of two long standing and much respected Clerks. This is not a ‘bearpit’ disagreement such as Eagleye and Geoff Brodie would have us all believe. Because the seven cllrs who have raised the concerns are in na minority… Read more »
Benny C

Can this be referred to the Local Authority Ombudsman by the electorate?

Geoff Brodie

I would advise waiting until you see the account of what has happened from the MAJORITY before making a judgement.