LEP To Get New Representatives From Scilly

LEP SignThe Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership will be getting two new representatives from our islands.

Councillors have voted in favour of both an elected member, the chair of the Policy and Resources Committee, and an officer, either the chief planner or the strategic investment manager, sitting on the LEP board.

This follows the resignation of Philip Hygate who was the previous, sole representative from Scilly.

Chief planning officer Craig Dryden said having the two new representatives would more closely mirror that of Cornwall, where both their chief executive and three elected members sit on the LEP board.

Craig said the LEP is expanding its role in major transport schemes and the post-2013 European funding programmes.

However, Cllr Marian Bennett felt the Council could be more ‘clever’ about the appointments.

She said there were several people on the LEP representing the private sector and, in Scilly, we had the potential for “killing two birds with one stone.”

Marian says she had discussed this with Cllr Robert Dorrien-Smith, who is also owner of Tresco Estate. This could go some way to making our membership of the LEP, “as full and meaningful as possible,” she said.