Airport Parking Charge Could Be Imposed

St Mary's Airport

Islanders who leave their cars at the airport could be charged £6.80 per day.

That’s the level of parking fees for vehicles left there for over three weeks and which has actually been on the Council’s fees and charges sheet for years, although airport Manager Allen Hicks wanted the provision removed 4 years ago.

Committee Chairman Fred Ticehurst admitted that it had never been enforced but felt the fee offered a chance to bring in some extra cash to the Council.

Many St Mary’s residents leave vehicles at the airport when they travel away for extended breaks, especially during half term.

Marian Bennett backed plans to look at charging although she recalled previous concerns that it would cost more to collect. A report will be produced for Councillors to vote on.

Most fees and charges levied by the Council will rise by an average of 3% but air transport companies will see their landing fees increased by 5.2%.

The Council works out this costs per 1000kg of aircraft weight. The increase means that British International Helicopters will pay a £114.31 for a basic landing fee and Skybus will be charged £34.30 for an Islander plane.

There’s good news for Bryher and St Mary’s residents and businesses.

The cost of water and sewerage for those islands where the Council provides the service won’t go up next year.

Neville Gardner, Chief Technical Officer from the Council, said the sub-committee that sets the rates was, “mindful of the mood of the community” over rising charges, especially with the recent VAT increase.

The working party met in January and heard both water and sewerage accounts are likely to return a surplus this year, which will add to reasonable reserves.

The amount of profit and level of savings were not presented in the meeting.

But Fred Ticehurst had the last word as fees and charges for 2012 were agreed. He noted that the cost of dying in Scilly is set to rise.

Saturday internment rates will rise to £333.


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