Longstone Centre Back On The Market

Longstone Heritage Centre

Longstone Heritage Centre

Plans to transform the former Longstone Heritage Centre by a Hertfordshire-based Scilly lover are still being pursued, despite the property being promoted for sale in a national publication.

Last September, councillors approved Wendy Clarke’s application to develop the building as new, affordable accommodation for school and environmental group parties.

Members gave permission for a single-storey bunkhouse for up to 20 beds and a 4-bedroom staff accommodation block.

Council chairman Mike Hicks spoke against the proposal, however, claiming he could not support low cost accommodation when the islands were trying to pursue quality tourism.

This week, Longstone’s lease has been marketed at £195,000 in the property magazine, Daltons Weekly.

Wendy told Radio Scilly that she was made aware that the property was going to be re-advertised.

She says she has stayed in contact with vendor Sonia Scott and added that the planning permission was the first step and that, “there is an amount of background work for such a new project to bring to a successful conclusion for all parties.”

Sonia says Wendy remains committed to the bunkhouse project but, “it’s not sold till the purchaser has signed on the dotted line and it’s always wise to keep your options open.”


13 Responses to Longstone Centre Back On The Market

  1. pat hicks March 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Well said off islander. mike hicks has done alot for these islands over the last 12 months. .. he’s just been in the back ground working away quietly…
    and yes we are poorer but richer in a lot of ways.
    we have wasted alot of money over the years on needless as well as good stuff…
    now its all gone!!.
    and it is good we have new arrivals, new ideas/input.
    its not always bad.

    happy days.

  2. Off Islander March 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    OK! so we’re all going to be poor again just like in the good old days, poor but happy, get used to it and all you recent arrivals can go back where you came from, the end!
    p.s Mike Hicks is a lovely man deserving of respect unlike the five.

  3. does it matter March 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    pretty sure desert storm is not a visitor and mike hicks Does not think about contentrating on the rich/elite. in supporting these islands. as d.s seem to think.
    so we have have misjudjed. need to be more carefull in what we say about others.. eh john j , d.s alias names like me.
    am i a visitor/local/islander/swahile/ dutch/swiss/us/ from tin buck to. ! yes.
    think we visitors need to have a bit more respect for islanders to.
    work both ways.

  4. pat hicks March 15, 2013 at 9:14 am

    What we really need over here is more indoor facilities
    like a decent swimimng pool that takes more than 8-12 people and a cinema for all to use. sure others could think of alot more.
    the only wet weather venue we got is the musuem, which is good but you only go there once when your over. we really should think more about family’s. etc.

    If we ever have the money !!.

  5. Ponder Stibbens March 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Fact of the matter is, there is not enough footfall for Longstone to be a commercial success. Add to the fact that the location is out of the way, ie: you only go to Longstone if you’re going to Longstone and you begin to see that as a business it’s to far off the beaten track to attract passing trade or day trippers.
    The only hope it has as a business is to cater for school parties and other bulk groups, contractors etc.

    But as the council have stated, they (the council) view this type of business as beneath them.

    I’ve always thought money is money.
    The best option would be to turn it into an adventure centre for schools or just level it and return it to nature.

  6. Pat hicks March 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    But i must admit longestone is an eye sore. and something certainly needs to be done sooner rather than later. And we do have some nice cafes dotted around st marys. and I would like to think we dont just need to rely on the rich to keep us going either. it would help if we could get some more affordable travel for familys tho. .. as I would love to see more familys here again. need to have a couple of good hot summers.. reckon that will help heaps.
    which my crystal ball have just told me ,
    as from the 1st April its going to get hot … hot !!. ha ha.

    Good luck to the new owners of longstone !!.
    and sorry desert storm i misread you. still dont like these alias names tho. perhaps i’ll have a go. !!
    happy days to you all .

  7. pat hicks March 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Sorry read it wrong.. thought he was having a pop.
    my mistake.

  8. Pat Hicks March 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Well desert storm. ie alias name again. there really is no need for personal attacks on individuals.i dont think you know mr M Hicks very well and dont know what he has been trying to do for these islands over the last 12 months. and also what has he got to do with us mere mortels who’s got to make a living or a slice of bread. !! he’s no different than the rest of us. the councilors are trying their best now .. please by all means air your views,. but when you want to get personal about it , it would be nice to do the decent thing and put your proper name on it. so that mr Hicks can maybe address your concerns…
    Hence this is why i dont comment on these sites much these days. !! alias names.

    • John J March 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Er HELLO Pat, have you read the above article? I don’t think it is a personal attack, Mike Hicks states he wants “quality” tourism, what exactly does that mean? Desert Storm has a valid point and in no way I see it as being personal.
      It is also quite telling that apart from yours the other comments have been by visitors, the very people Scilly are trying to attract!!

  9. Desert Storm March 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    With the likes of Mike Hicks thinking only the rich will keep the islands afloat it makes me very sorry for those who are genuinely trying to make a living! As a regular visitor for nearly 20 years I have used most of the accomodation apart from the high end hotels, having a decent cafe in the middle of the island is amust and agree with both Neil and Vaughan. Surely it is in the best interests to give access to the islands to those on a budget as well as the rich elite?

  10. JeffEastick March 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    We have spent many a happy hour , and pounds , at Longstone over the years and getting to know Sonia , and previous owners and would reinforce earlier posts in that a cafe/toilet in that central part of the island is a necessity , both for us older visitors and those with young families. A morning in Carreg Dhu with lunch at Longstone was an oft repeated start to our rambles around St.Mary’s and we had hoped to recommence our visits this July but sadly this appears unlikely again, especially as we shall be spending an additional week at Holy Vale Farmhouse with family and grandchildren , and we were hoping to use Longstone as our ‘local’.

  11. Neil March 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

    We always found Longstone an ideal stop when ambling round the islands, once there was tea rooms up by the telegraph – this was ideal when we had young children to have a stop and break at either place. With the tourists apparently reducing in number you need to attract younger people who would hopefully enjoy places like Longstone and in the future hopefully some will return to the islands with their families in future years. The islands must have a stratagy to attract younger people – not just quality tourism – and provide facilities like this otherwise you will be heading back to the dark ages.

  12. Vaughan Ashby March 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    As a regular visitor to the island for 35 years and bringing groups here for the past 20 years, I am dismayed by the way that cafes have gradually closed down away from Hugh Town and Old Town area over the years. We really do need a cafe in the Carn Vean/Longstones/Normandy/Telegraph area and a budget accommodation centre at Longstones (unless it had a cafe incorporated) would do nothing to redress the situation. I am fully aware of the economics of the situation but visitors must wonder why there are no amenities in this part of the island.