Chief Executive Of Alderney To Visit Scilly

Roy Burke

The Chief Executive of Alderney will be visiting Scilly on a two-day fact-finding mission next week.

Roy Burke will be meeting airport bosses as well as discussing tourism issues with the Council.

Mr Burke told us that Alderney faces many similar challenges to the Isles of Scilly.

And he’s keen to understand how our airport is run as a trading body within the Council.

The airport on Alderney, which is currently managed by Guernsey’s Public Services Department, made a loss of over £750,000 last year and Mr Burke says the States of Alderney are keen to explore taking more local control over the facility.

He also wants to talk to Tourism officers here. Mr Burke says that, like us, Alderney is suffering a drop in the tourist trade and he’d like to learn how Scilly is dealing with that situation.

The visit will be hosted by our Chief Executive, Philip Hygate and Mr Burke will be accompanied by two politicians from Alderney’s Airport Working Group.

Mr Burke said the similarities between the islands are striking, with issues such as water, waste and electricity generation all being high on the list of priorities, and he feels that our islands could share lessons in these areas.

Alderney has a population of 2,400 people and it enjoys full autonomy in law, including the power to raise its own taxes.

Some services include policing, customs and excise, airport operations, health, education and social services are delegated to Guernsey which charges the island through various taxes and duties.


4 Responses to Chief Executive Of Alderney To Visit Scilly

  1. Cassandra June 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I thought the main point of the visit was to see how our airport operates because Alderney’s own lost £700,000 last year. As sure as night follows day, any public sector organisation faced with a loss will increase charges either via higher landing charges, that will probably be passed on to passengers, or a Newquay style departure tax.

  2. Roger June 16, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Sorry got my percentages wrong. Lands end – St Marys return £160.00 thats between 60% and 105% more. It just gets worse

  3. Roger June 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    He will learn that it cost him upto 49% more to fly Skybus from Lands End to St Marys. 15 minute flight. Guernsey to Alderney costs between £78.00 and maximum £100.00 return for also a 15 minute flight. And that is without any competition to hold prices down.

  4. Todd Stevens June 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    He’ll learn nothing good to take back from this lot!!