Scrutiny Chairman looking forward to ‘clearing up myths and untruths’ about Floating Bridge

The Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee says he’s really looking forward, “when we can” to bring this out into the open 100 per cent. Details within

Richard Hollis

At last night’s Corporate Scrutiny Meeting the Chairman of the committee, Cllr Richard Hollis (Con), told members he was looking forward to “clearing up the myths and untruths” about the Cowes Floating Bridge.

It had been explained that the legal action has been deferred for at least three weeks “due to Covid and other health conditions impacting on several representatives from one of the parties”, with a new mediation hearing date expected for later in February.

Clearing up “a lot of the myth and untruths”
Cllr Hollis said it was his intention at the March Corporate Scrutiny Committee meeting (Tuesday 9th March) to “spend a considerable amount of time clearing up a lot of the myth and untruths that are bandied around about the floating bridge”.

He added,

“I find it particularly galling, as other people do, the rubbish that is talked in some of the social media.”

Stewart: Profit and loss isn’t always counted in money
Cllr Julie Jones-Evans (Ind) said she was looking forward to having a “deep dive” into the detail and asked whether they could expect to see the profit and loss sheets, liabilities etc. 

Cllr Stewart replied

“Profit and loss isn’t always counted in money. There’s a lot of disappointment here from people that they haven’t had a good and reliable service in the way they wanted, and keeping the community safe is a profit level in terms of making sure East and West Cowes can be joined up.

“There are many arguments and points to be made, the history of the floating bridge, how it came to be built in the way that it was, and how that was monitored etc.” 

Side thrusters
Cllr Debbie Andre (Island Indie) asked whether the council was still pursuing the implementation for the side thrusters, but was told by the council leader, Cllr Dave Stewart (Con), that he could not comment, as,

“It certainly is part of the legal action.”

Stewart: “So long as it is the right bridge”
Cllr Jones-Evans pointed out that Floating Bridge 5 had been a revenue generator (as reported here many times) as well as providing an important social function.

Cllr Stewart replied,

“I totally agree with you Cllr Jones-Evans and I hope you remember what you’ve just said because when I come to give my position on things we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that this bridge does have the potential to generate income, as well as provide an excellent service, so long as it is the right bridge.”

Hollis: “Bring this out into the open 100 per cent”
Cllr Hollis said he had done an enormous amount of work delving into this and has a list of questions and really looking forward, “when we can”, to bring this out into the open 100 per cent.

Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 5:28pm

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20 Comments on "Scrutiny Chairman looking forward to ‘clearing up myths and untruths’ about Floating Bridge"

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Geoff Brodie

If this scrutiny of the floating bridge is anything like last night’s Budget Scrutiny it will be a complete waste of time. Eight committee members and 5 had not a thing to say about a 5% Council Tax increase and £3.5m of cuts. All 4 of Cllr Hollis’ Tory colleagues on the committee and the leader of the main opposition group. Shameful.

walkingwizard

The last scrutiny committee was just steamrollered by Dave Stewart, who appeared to misuse his position as leader of the Council. He does not want to be shown as incompetent as well as showing the incompetence of the officers who ran the whole project, even though none of them had any project management experience.

Spartacus

Bully boy Stewart needs to go

planespeaker

“…we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that this bridge does have the potential to generate income, as well as provide an excellent service, so long as it is the right bridge”
What sort of claptrap is this from the leader of our Council. If it was the right bridge there wouldn’t be a problem.

Colin
Dear, oh dear. is there an election coming up? The things they say. “Profit and loss isn’t always counted in money” Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha. “spend a considerable amount of time clearing up a lot of the myth and untruths that are bandied around about the floating bridge”.Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha. Would that be because those with the facts choose not to share them? The end of the pier show lives on; it’s… Read more »
walkingwizard

“Profit and loss isn’t always counted in money” until they come to increase our Council tax!

greenfiremouse

Shouldn’t the word “scrutiny” be in inverted commas?

wighton
It’s you, Dave Stewart, and your people who for FOUR YEARS have not listened to islanders and engineers who said don’t waste money trying to fix this unfixable one and GET A NEW ONE! Four years you have wasted and millions more pounds with your bad decision making! Disappointment, Dave Stewart? What about all of the businesses who have depended on that floating bridge that were run… Read more »
Spartacus

Why is Stewart still leader of the council is the burning question. He needs to resign or be sacked. He clearly does not truly represent the interests and well being of the Island and it’s residents and can’t be trusted. I for one register a vote of no confidence.

I do not believe it
Every time I see an article in the media about the IW Council and the numpties currently “in control” [‘control’?? – [shorley shome mishtake?] my mind automatically dives into depressive mode and the words of the prophet Isiah ring in my ears;- “All we like sheep have gone astray”. Let us earnestly hope that, come the local elections in May, the current bunch will stray much further… Read more »
confidential

Scrutiny? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Colin

Well, maybe the news websites such as this that give a platform to us armchair scrutineers.

I do not believe it

Can one safely assume that the identity of the repetitive singular down-thumber to readers’ comments about this topic is none other than the highly prickly Cllr. Hollis? And, if the singularity of the down-thumbs is expanded by a few more the authors are his cousins and his aunts etc.?

YJC

I have no connection to anyone on the council but do feel that if anyone can get to the bottom of, and sort the floating bridge fiasco out – it is Councillor Hollis.

I do not believe it

Gosh YJC!
Have you skipped your medication again?
Sadly, IWC is run by an “unscrupulous cabal”.
Not my words, but the words of a Municipal affairs expert investigative journalist.