Retired County Councillor Peter Phillips is going into the County’s historical record….because he was an IT dinosaur..!
‘Most correspondence in recent years has been electronic, so there is a pretty fair lack of records for future historians.But I confess I did not do email, instead relying on the excellent Shirehall secretariat, so I have a huge pile—25 arch folders!—of paper correspondence.
The County Archivist was flatteringly delighted to take them into her stewardship.’
Mr Phillips’ papers run from 2006-2011(he retired in August 2011). It includes, primarily, his residents’ concerns and his efforts to answer them. But he was leader of the LibDems 1999-2009…so there is correspondence with the others parties all the way up to parliamentary level, with campaigning bodies and with Council officers. ‘’During these years we were in opposition and there were some decidedly uncomfortable passages-well, you might say, passages of arms! And big issues arose, including Schools closures, council cuts,etc.
Mr Phillips has already deposited a number of collections in the County archives, including campaigning issues like Aircraft noise; and the struggle for the SpArc centre in Bishops Castle—‘I held my first meeting on that in 1981’, he reflected’…it was opened in 2006!
And he has deposited some 15 years of Minutes and notes concerning the LDem group meetings,those of the Council coalition(with Lab and Inds), revealing the debates and discussions involved in being In Power(as well as in the subsequent years.) ’I cant pretend that there wren’t some pretty heated metings,’ said Mr Phillips. ’’I do hope that, if a researcher comes along, my colleagues will not be too precious over confidentiality…it would be good for the public to see how THEIR council runs…..Maybe our national leadership should have consulted council leaders on how to operate a Coalition: we had been doing it for years!’
Mr Phillips is actually keen to recruit a researcher ‘To write the shameful story of Shropshire Council’s repeated assaults on our schools: the Authority and its leadership do not come out at all well…..and I fear it is a story still incomplete.’’
Contact Peter Phillips 01588 650 625