St Mary’s Resident Calls For Public Meeting

A St Mary’s resident says there should be a public meeting, so members of the community can discuss future transport concerns and issues brought about by the end of the helicopter service.

Ann Davis feels there would be benefit in bringing together the tourism sector, locals who use medical services, Tresco Estate, the Council and the Steamship Company.

And Ann thinks the Council would be the most appropriate body to bring all interested parties together.

She said it’s ‘vital’ to have some form of dialogue, as we’re all affected by the loss of the service, and to find a way forward. And Ann believes many people in the community could have some good ideas to share.

Council Chairman Mike Hicks says it’s an approach that he’d be happy to discuss taking forward.


2 Responses to St Mary’s Resident Calls For Public Meeting

  1. Peter from Devon August 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I was half joking a couple of weeks ago when I suggested here that the powers that be looked at the airport runway in Madeira which is built on stilts over a bay between two headlands to enable a longer runway. Now I’m suggesting it without joking. Given all the other factors (urgent need for runway repairs, talk of developing the airport, Scillonian problems) and the fact that there will have to be bigger Skybus planes to carry all those visitors who would normally have gone by helicopter, something mighty serious will have to be done or the islands – as a tourist destination, as a viable economy and as a place to live – are doomed. Sad.

  2. IanT. August 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Serious consideration should be given to the following. The Skybus service from Lands End has always been more subject to the effects of weather than BIH. The demise of the helicopter service will make leaving the islands more difficult especially in winter.
    This will make journeys for medical reasons more difficult and near impossible for some disabled people. Getting in and out of an Islander is not easy at the best of times.
    As a result, it is quite likely that many will choose to leave the islands permanently and live on the mainland. Properties will become more difficult to sell and prices drop dramatically. It is possible that the whole tourist economy of the islands, which must already teeter on a knife edge, will collapse resulting in them becoming non-viable for any form of transport especially in the winter. Scilly will join the ranks of other island communities like St Kilda and be depopulated within as little as ten years.