Co-op Officials Meeting With Just 20 Locals Next Week

Co-Op's St Mary's store

A spokesperson from the Co-op headquarters in Manchester has revealed that they’ll only be meeting with 20 local members during their public consultation visit to Scilly next Tuesday.

Pamela Wood said they would be holding 20 one-to-one sessions between islanders and Co-op officials, rather than an open public meeting.

The representatives will include members of the operations team responsible for the store as well as elected members from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Area Committee.

All of the sessions have now been filled and the Co-op refused to allow Radio Scilly access to the officials to put questions from listeners, claiming there was not enough free time in the schedule.

Alan Davis, a local Co-op member who has campaigned for the Co-op to improve its service here, says he would have preferred the company to organise a wider, open consultation with the local community.

Alan says he’s managed to secure a slot with the Co-op officials on Tuesday but says it can hardly be called a public consultation with only 20 people’s views being represented.

He says he has a list of issues to put to them but is also happy to pass on other islander’s questions if they email them to studio@radioscilly.com.