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.

 



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