Islanders’ Wishes For The New Year

What would you wish for in 2013? We’ve been asking some prominent islanders for their views…


Mike Hicks, Chair of Council

“Transport is high on everyone’s priority for 2013. The last few months have highlighted the plight we’re in. We all bemoan the loss of the helicopter service but we’re where we are and one has to be grateful for the huge amount of investment that the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company is making.

The company was formed for the islands by the islands and I’ve been told by the chairman Andrew May and the chief Executive Jeff Marston that we, as the council, have an open door to talk to them about all aspects of the operational side of their business.

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The ship running during the winter is certainly going to be one of the big talking points between the company and the transport committee. There are obviously huge costs associated with that and there has to be some deep consideration about how that’s done.

But my wish for Scilly is that we have a more peaceful and conciliatory year in 2013. 2012 has been a difficult year for many reasons, not helped by the weather.

But what I’d say to each and every person is, when you see someone in the street, smile, because smiles are infectious and they do catch on. When I see anyone, rather than be critical, I’d love a smile, even if they don’t agree with what I say.”



Amanda Martin, Vice Chair of Council

“I would wish for (not necessarily in this order)

a) better weather

b) more kindness in the community

c) that people remember that we are lucky to live in one of the best places in the world and

d) that the museum becomes watertight!”


 Peter Lawrence-Roberts, Council Director of Finance

“2012 has, by any measure, been a difficult year. Some of the issues have divided the community. I would very much hope that 2013 becomes a year in which we can all pull together in a united way for the good of every individual on Scilly and therefore for the good of the community as a whole, no matter what our personal views on individual issues may be.

We are stronger together. There are a tremendous number of good things going on with people working very hard across the islands, often quietly and unnoticed, to deliver the best possible results for the community in all kinds of ways.

It will undoubtedly be a tough year financially as the Government imposes further austerity, and that is set to continue for some time to come. We can rise to the challenge as we have done in the past.

It is my hope that we continue to build on the success of the past and work hard to preserve the uniqueness, strength and independence of our community in the year ahead. I wish everyone on Scilly every happiness and success in 2013.”


Andrew May, Chairman of Isles of Scilly Steamship Company

“Not surprisingly perhaps infrastructure in general and transport in particular are high on my list. I very much hope that 2013 is the year we see local and national Government and EU cash forthcoming for the planned improvements to St Mary’s and Penzance harbours, as well as for what is demonstrably now the lifeline air link for our Islands, Land’s End / St Mary’s airports – 75 years of unbroken operations; and to be called upon in 2013 as never before.

An extension of the excellent superfast broadband scheme to our Islands would bring enormous benefits too.

Looking back on 2012 I see evidence of Scillonians from all islands and industries, in the private and the public sectors, working effectively together for the greater good of our community and our economy. It is my sincere hope and belief that we will see this fundamentally important factor evolve and strengthen during 2013 to bring benefits to all of us who live on these special islands.

And of course I hope for fair winds and sunshine, not just for Scillonian III, Skybus and Gry Maritha, but for every business on the islands, especially those in the tourism sector.”


Sergeant Colin Taylor from the Isles of Scilly Police Team

“My wish would be that Scilly enjoys another year without a serious Road Traffic Accident.

My casual observation of our reported crime in 2012 suggests that we continue to benefit on Scilly from low numbers of crimes and that the count is down on 2011 and so I have a further wish that we can build on that and have even less crime, disorder & Anti Social Behaviour in 2013 than 2012.”



Chris Gregory, Duchy of Cornwall Land Steward

“Watching some of the reviews of 2012 over the past few days, one was again reminded what an extraordinary year it was for our nation, indeed even HMQ expressed her hope that we might be able to hold onto some of the positivity generated during the past 12 months. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the moment for positive thinking on Scilly.

In my view, the Islands have endured a testing time over the past year: many facets of the economy are challenged; the unholy combination of poor weather and restricted travel have reminded us how isolated the islands can be and the image of life on Scilly has been dominated by tales of disquiet and unrest.

This is the moment for all on Scilly to dig deep, pull together and start the recovery to a more confident, proud and successful IoS.

From the many conversations that I have, there is an overwhelming appetite for just that and I very much look forward to trying to play my part in getting Scilly back as a sparkling jewel in the nation’s crown.”

9 Responses to Islanders’ Wishes For The New Year

  1. Katie F January 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I’ve actually been thinking ‘The Return of Camel Rock’ since I saw this article go up! However, I think that Nobby’s suggestion 3 will need to be in place before it can return 🙁

  2. Nobby Nobbs January 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    In 2013 I’d like to see…..

    1. A reduction in the number of councillors, 1 for each off island and and 6 for St Mary’s

    2. A reduction in senior council officers with most of the work being given to Cornwall

    3. A new high speed boat that provides an all year round service with a journey time of 90minutes that starts and finishes at St Mary’s

    4. High speed Broadband

    5. The return of Camel Rock music festival

  3. Adam Morton,St.Martins January 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Well its comforting to know we have all these jedi knights watching over us riding their carpet of positivity! Here was me thinking that it was going to be harder than ever and that we had the same old ship with new carpets & less seats,one extra aircraft to carry 70.000 passengers and absolutely nothing positive to advertise.Just goes to show how wrong one can be. I look foward to paying my Steamship,Rent,council tax & police cover bills with positive thinking! happy happy times 🙂

  4. Todd Stevens January 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    When problems of the past have been put firmly behind, only then can repair truely begin. I hope for early resolve.

    I’m tellin ya Rodney, this time next year we’ll be millionaires!! : )

  5. Ginnick January 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    With regard to Sunday Sailings, putting to one side just how many people are likely to use it. There is another issue.

    At the moment, if needed, the ship can do a double sailing on Saturdays if there has been no flying. If there is an advertised Sunday Sailing then this probably cannot be done as the crew will exceed their maximum working hours. They would then be unavailable for the planned Sunday trip.
    So instead of arriving later on the same day (Saturday) everyone will have to wait until the advertised trip on the Sunday to get over. They would then have to find accommodation in Penzance for the Saturday night, and lose most of the next day travelling.

    So although the headline of Sunday Sailings looks good (if you want to travel on a Sunday). It does cut down on the flexibility of the ship to take up the slack if there is weather disruption on the Saturday.

    Possibly the Steamship Company have a plan in place to enable them to do a ‘double’ on Saturday and still run the Sunday trip. And maybe there will be no Saturday weather disruption next year.
    But changing the timetables can sometimes have unexpected consequences

  6. Toby December 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Andrew I wholeheartedly agree with your wishes for Scilly for 2013.
    The Stemship should be applauded for their organisation and investment with the demise of the helicopter service.
    However at this austere and threatening time, with continual diminishing visitor numbers I see that the recently heralded sunday sailings of the Scillonian are still not yet being advertised on the 2013 timetable ,and the telephone oporaters are unaware of dates or times !
    This needed service could possibly attract a valuable weekend, short stay or even long stay visitor market who could be back at thei employment on a Monday morning.
    Is this an oversight or change of travel policy ?

  7. Adam Morton,St.Martins December 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    If somones smiling at you, you know you bin done.:)

    • John J December 31, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Um will have to check the faces next time I buy some fish and chips 😉

  8. Pat Hicks December 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Well said by all above.. Kindness, patience and trust goes a long way..
    keep on smiling and let us hope the weather will be better in 2013.
    Happy new year to all..