LAG Awards Biggest Grant To Date

Proposed appearance of St Agnes Hall

Proposed appearance of St Agnes Hall

The Local Action Group, the panel of islanders that has distributed £2.25m of European funding, has made it’s biggest award to date.

£205,000 is being offered to the St Agnes Island Hall project.

LAG Manager Amanda Pender says it accounts for 90% of the project costs and the scheme, which has involved islanders in planning and design stages, wouldn’t happen without the LAG funding.

The Hall is currently in a state of disrepair and very damp.

Islanders want to renovate the building as a community centre. They also want to introduce new workspaces for St Agnes residents who would like to develop business ideas.

The LAG funding programme is now winding down and has spent nearly all of its allocation.

So far, £1.8million has been paid out to projects that improve the community, economy and environment of the Isles of Scilly.

The Duchy of Cornwall, which made a profit of £17.8m last year, will receive £23,200 of LAG money, ringfenced for community projects. The grant is intended to improve Bryher’s Church Quay.

The current waiting-room shed will be rebuilt as an all-purpose waiting area, fitted with external seats. A section of new roadway will link to a freight shed and work will be undertaken to prevent cars waiting on the quay. That spoils the appearance of the quay.

The LAG board felt that this funding would offer visitors to Bryher the same standard of facilities as those on St Martin’s and St Agnes.

Star Castle Hotel owner, Robert Francis, had withdrawn his application for a winery tasting centre and exhibition at Holy Vale, after bad weather brought a poor harvest.

But he’s resubmitting his application on a smaller scale and LAG has offered this new project just over £22,000.

Work will start in March and the finished centre will include displays on the history of the vineyard and farming in Scilly.

On St Mary’s, the Buzza Tower restoration, which will see the grade 2 landmark fitted with a camera obscura, was granted £21,600.

Andrew Combes has already started clearing the site around the former windmill, which was built in 1821.

The LAG committee wanted to support this new project as they say they see the benefit of an additional tourist attraction.