Council Sets Up New Transport Task Force

Task force will focus on refurbishment of St Mary’s airport

The Council of the Isles of Scilly has set up a new transport task group to drive through the planned £4.5m improvement plan for the St Mary’s Airport.

Dudley Mumford will head up the group of councillors.

Amanda Martin, who is also on the group, says they will still expect the appropriate council committees to approve major changes but this new, smaller team will be able to react to changing events and make some decisions rapidly.

One of their most significant projects will be overseeing the installation of extra navigational aids. They will allow fixed wing aircraft to fly in reduced visibility and will match some of the bad-weather capabilities of the current helicopter service.

The group will also work to address the general operation and governance of the airport and drive forward ideas offered in a consultants’ report.

A recent recruitment drive to find a manager who would develop commercial opportunities proved unsuccessful and nobody was appointed. One of their goals would have been to explore new routes with other commercial operators.

This new group will now do that.

There have been concerns that, with a fall in passenger movements, the airport could run out of money in its ring-fenced account by 2014. Currently, airport finances are arranged so the council taxpayer cannot subsidise services.

A number of revenue ideas are being investigated including the potential to open the airport for evening food and functions.

 



One Response to Council Sets Up New Transport Task Force

  1. Joanna September 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    This slightly smacks of these councillors attempting to gain popularity through publicity in setting up a ‘task force’ that essentially already exists with the council. I’m concerned that the councillors concerned are, essentially, a rather ineffective clique who form committees and task forces in order to garner public support and give the illusion of action, when other groups got there first.