Scilly’s Tourist Info Centre Moving To Porthcressa

The new Porthcressa shelter

The new Porthcressa shelter

The Tourist Information Centre in Hugh Town will move to the new Porthcressa shelter by the start of June.

Some Councillors learned about plans to relocate the service from a report presented at the Policy and Resources meeting in February. There were calls for wider consultation on the plans in that meeting.

Julian Pearce from the Economic Development team says around a dozen key stakeholders, including the Islands Partnership and major businesses have been asked for their views and he says they back the move.

He hopes that the relocation to a new site will encourage visitors to discover Porthcressa. Much of the preparation for the move will be undertaken in the quieter period after gig weekend.

The new TIC will be an open office and shelter space with seating for the public to enjoy the views.



12 Responses to Scilly’s Tourist Info Centre Moving To Porthcressa

  1. Local person April 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    It also saves on paying rent to the Steamship company

  2. James Macey-Jones April 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Having just returned from yet another holiday in Scilly, I was astonished to hear that the new building on Porthcressa is to be the TIC. Only Scilly would put a council office in a unique business position, where surely new visitors will struggle to find it? The existing TIC location in the main street serves its purpose very well.
    Having run tourism businesses for decades it would seem obvious that the new building would make an excellent location for a business hiring or selling beach sports facilities, and perhaps a cafe, the council has lost out on a substantial revenue stream from a lease and business rates. Dibble and Grub must be overjoyed at this strange move by the council!!

    • Kev Wright April 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

      James, this is the position that the TIC was in for years before it moved to the Wesleyan Chapel and then the Steamship offices. It worked much better in the position it’s going back too. People were able to find it easier and less redirecting was needed. Having it next to possibly the busiest tourist location on Scilly besides the quay makes perfect sense. It worked before, I don’t see why it wouldn’t again. It will stand out more clearly. Read some of the comments below about the difficulty people have fining it in its current location.

      • James Macey-Jones April 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm

        Kev, I have read the comments regarding the lack of signage information, which would be easily and cheaply rectified, the loss of rent and rates would be a far greater cost to the council than a few signs.

        • Kev Wright April 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

          They tried signage but it had little effect! Even with the massive flag in the street! And what loss of rent? I don’t know what the agreement is, but if they’re currently using the Steamship company’s building then surely they’re paying them rent? So if they move to the shelter which I assume will be council owned then they actually be saving on rent, wouldn’t they?

          Like Selena said – if she has to give directions to a building that’s almost directly opposite her shop then that would indicate either

          a) quite a lot of tourists forget to pack brains when they travel over here

          or

          b) it’s possibly not in the best position at the moment.

          Ill let you decide which.

    • Kev Wright April 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      With regards to your cafe idea James, this was considered and I believe a public consultation took place. With several businesses closing in Scilly in recent years, opening a cafe would be the equivalent to a smack in the face to nearby places such as Dibble & Grub, the Paper Shop, the chip van, Bordeaux, the Wheelhouse etc. The last thing we need is another business going under.

      Plus Porthcressa is generally considered a family beach and has several submerged rocky areas at high tide. So not the best spot for hiring beach sports equipment. The open space of Porthmellon is much better suited to this and it a five minute walk away. Again I’m sure the sailing centre would be a bit hacked off if the council were to set up a business to try and compete with them in difficult economic times. We need to work together, not try and battle each other.

  3. Linda badcock April 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Dear, dear Nobby Nobbs
    There really are a few things I wish for you. A happy pill is one

  4. Selena Baxter April 4, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I would hope the move back to Porthcressa will be a good one. If I had a penny for every time I had to give directions to people from the papershop to the ( not so obvious) TIC, I would be well off! The flag is hardly ever out, because it flaps to hard and makes a noise was the excuse I was once given! Good luck to Porthcressa, and a hopefully settled future for scilly.

  5. Nobby Nobbs April 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I wish the TIC would move the boat times and signage board just around the corner to the wall in the ally beside the TIC, as this would allow visitors to read the information while not blocking the pavement or standing in the road

    Simple things

  6. Kev Wright April 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    You wouldn’t believe how many people I’d give directions to who’d walked up the main street and missed it because the big sign outside is for the Steamship Company. People’s natural walk takes them to Porthcressa. I think it’s the perfect location. Back where it was until some smart alec came up with the idea that it should be in the highly visible and easily found Wesleyan Chapel!

  7. Colin April 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Some might say, it’s coming home to where it used to be. We have many memories of using the facility years ago.

  8. Kay April 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

    As long as it’s VERY clearly signposted from the main street!
    One of the main reasons why the TIC has done so well in its present location is because visitors can’t really miss it on the main street (especially if they’re going to or from the quay to catch tripper boats to the off-islands). Moving it off the main street may encourage more visitors to discover Porthcressa but it may also mean that some miss the TIC altogether, especially if they are only here on a day trip or a few hours from a cruise ship….