LAG Showcasing Projects As Scheme Hits Halfway Mark

Bryher shop has received biggest grant so far

The Local Action Group is showcasing the projects it has supported through a leaflet that all islanders should receive.

For the past two years, a group of 26 volunteers representing all sectors of islands’ life has assessed which applicants should receive a share of a £2.25m funding pot made up mainly of European cash.

It’s the halfway stage for the project with around £1m now ring-fenced or spent by 45 local projects.

Chairman, Chris Gregory says the LAG on Scilly is about helping make the right things happen but they don’t happen on their own – they have to be driven.

The cash has supported some projects that are not directly tourism-related.

Chris says there is an acute awareness of the very real challenges Scilly faces in a fiercely competitive holiday market with numbers continuing to fall away as other destinations offer? attractive, relatively cheap ‘alternatives’ and visitors’ expectations continue to become more demanding.

The leaflet celebrates successful applicants, from the bell tents at St Agnes campsite, to an online payment website for the IoS Country Guesthouse, to conversion of the Sussex gig shed on Bryher.

The Bryher shop project has been the largest recipient so far, receiving £199,000 of funding.

Other beneficiaries of funding include the Scilly Folk Festival, training of a foot-care practitioner and improvements to the Quay waiting area and landscaping of some public areas on St Martin’s.

Programme Manager, Amanda Pender says that, while the leaflet highlights the benefit of the LAG programme and commemorates £1m of direct investment into the economy, it’s also a reminder for those who have not yet engaged to seize the opportunity for funding before it’s too late.

The leaflet is being distributed by LAG members and will be available at the library and the Town Hall etc.

Anyone who wants a copy can email localaction@scilly.gov.uk.