Transport Subsidies For Scilly To Be Raised In Lords

Lord Berkeley in the House of Lords

The possibility of a subsidised ferry service to the Isles of Scilly will be raised in the House of Lords this afternoon.

Labour Peer, Lord Berkeley, will ask Government transport spokesman, Lord Attlee what action they are taking to implement a lifeline service similar to those currently provided in Scotland.

This follows publication of a report by our Council, which highlighted the inequalities between the Scottish islands and Scilly over transport subsidies. )

Councillor Marian Bennett, who helped produce the report and has since been working on getting the message out to MPs and ministers, said Lord Berkeley, who lives in North Cornwall, is a big supporter of our islands and has tabled questions in the past.

She says he visited Scilly in January and provided feedback on the report while it was in the draft stage.

Marian says the response to the transport report has been very positive and she’s seen letters of support from MPs both in the South West and in Scotland. She’s says the Island’s MP, Andrew George has also been working hard on the issue.

Marian feels having a question raised like this in the Lords is important as the Department for Transport will need to provide a response.

She says the transport to our islands is “commercially unsustainable,”  but warns there will be no quick fixes. “It’s likely to be a long haul before we get results,” she said.

But she added, “we’re not going to take our finger off the pressure points of Government.”