St Martin’s Could Get More Local Produce Sales

Residents of St Martin’s could soon buy a greater range of local food if plans to extend a Middletown shop are approved.

Ian Metcalf has asked planners to consider an extension to the retail space of his shop, which is currently unmanned, and to change an existing planning condition that would allow the business to sell meat, fish, shellfish and other produce grown or made on the Isles of Scilly.

The shop currently sells vegetables, plants and bulbs from the adjoining farm.

Mr Metcalf says his plans will involve no external alterations to the building, but the interior will be extended and brought up to the required food hygiene standards.

He adds that local producers have already expressed an interest in supplying food and consultation with residents has been positive.

He also says he’s assured the local post office owners that his ‘niche’ meat sales would not affect trade for their mainland-sourced produce.

Neighbouring farmer, Jonathon Smith, who also sells local vegetables, says in a letter to the chief planning officer that he supports the concept of more local food being made available to residents and tourists. But he cautions that this latest development is a “change of tack” since each business only sells its own produce at the moment.

He adds, “There is only a limited size of the ‘tourist cake’ to be cut, and that cake is shrinking each year.”

Local shop owner, Steve Walder, has also written a letter to the planning department expressing his concern over the plans.

The application is due to go before planners on 22nd November.