Council Could Employ Full Time Transport Officer

Travel related issues are becoming so important to Scilly’s future that the Council may employ a full-time transport officer, when budgets allow.

Tuesday’s strategic transport meeting heard that that the new committee’s main focus will be St Mary’s quay and airport improvements.

But Marian Bennett insisted that those goals were set against a backdrop of the so-called Scottish Report. That’s the case for subsidy of our transport services to the same level that the Scottish Government supports its island freight and passenger services.

Marian told members that the transport committee’s long-term objective had to be securing a year-round, affordable sea link to back-up air services.

And although she believes the St Mary’s quay work is important, it does nothing for the affordability, seasonality and reliability of our travel services.

Marian issued a stark warning that if our economy is damaged by “very high prices and unreliable transport” then “the islands are sunk.”

Councillors agreed that the fledgling committee would work within the planning department budget for now, but workload and resources will be reviewed next year.

They also voted to have it represented on the policy and resources committee, which deals with Council budgets and spending.