Dear Argyll and Bute Council,
On the 4th of October 2016 at the Area Committee Meeting in Kilmory
Cllr Robert MacIntyre, the ousted chair of the area committee, went up to his replacement Cllr Alex McNaughton before the meeting started and asked if he could make a statement at the start of the meeting. The officer from governance and law was beside Cllr McNaughton and must have heard the request. He would also have heard the answer from Cllr McNaughton which was, quite sensibly, that Cllr MacIntyre could indeed make a statement.
Some five minutes later Cllrs Walsh and Scoullar had a conversation with Cllr McNaughton and the officer, in hushed tones but not hushed enough that others around them heard the word “statement”, so it is improbable that they were discussing anything other than the approved request that Cllr MacIntyre could make his statement.
Then, after the huddle dispersed, Cllr MacIntyre was told that he could not make his statement after all.
So, the questions for Cllrs Walsh and Scoullar are as follows:
1.What did Cllrs Walsh and Scoullar say in this conversation that made both the chair and the officer change their minds?
2.What were Cllrs Walsh and Scoullar motives in asking/telling/persuading them to change their minds?
3.Cllr Scoullar has some role here as vice chair of the area committee but you Cllr Walsh have no role whatsoever so why were you involved please?
Dear Mr Files,
Thank you for your request below, the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002 (FOISA) provides a right of access to information. I have not
logger your request as it is not a valid request in terms of FOISA as is
does not ask for recorded information rather you are asking what was said
between Councillors and Council Officers.
I will forward your request Council Officer who attended the meeting.
If I can be of any assistance in reformulating your request please feel
free to contact me.
Dear Argyll and Bute Council,
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of Argyll and Bute Council's handling of my FOI request 'Cllrs Walsh and Scoullar 4th of October 2016 at the Area Committee Meeting in Kilmory'.
The meeting took place significant decisions were changed as described and no record of the reasoning is provided or indeed any record whatsoever this is not a democratic process.
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...
Dear Mr Files,
Thank you for your e-mail, I have passed your request to Mr Iain Jackson
(Governance Manager) to review how your request for information was
handled who will respond in due course.
If I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me by e-mail or
on the number below
Section 20 Review
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA)
I refer to your email of 21 October in which you requested a review of how
the Council dealt with your request for information dated 8 October.
In the response dated 10 October, you were advised that your request had
not been treated as a valid request in terms of FOISA, as you had asked
for details of a conversation and comments on the reasons for the
conversation, and not recorded information. In my view, this response was
That said, I am aware that Councillor Walsh responded to an email from
Councillor Michael Breslin which contained the same set of questions and
which has already been released into the public domain and although
Councillors as individuals are not subject to FOISA, I am pleased to
enclose a copy of that correspondence for your information which provides
an explanation of the position regarding the conversation which took
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Executive Director – Customer Services