Council Sets Up New Transport Forum

st marys harbour tripper boats scillonianThe Council has set up a new forum to help it gather information and views about travel issues facing the islands.

The Transport Forum, made up of representatives including, the Duchy, FRIST, transport operators, business leaders, wildlife and environmental agencies on the islands, will meet on a regular basis to discuss all aspects of travel on the islands.

It’s been split into three subgroups, one representing travel to the mainland, one for inter-island travel and one specifically focussed on St Mary’s.

It was originally recommended that the groups meet at least once a year but Cllr Marian Bennett wanted that changed to quarterly. She said things like close investigation of the passenger data meant more frequent meetings should be encouraged.

Cllr Robert Dorrien Smith said the passenger data was so important that it should be coming in on a daily or weekly basis and everyone should be fed the information.

And vice chair Amanda Martin said the intention is for people to get on with this as soon as possible and meet as frequently as required.

The report presented to councillors said they the groups to encourage informal and open communication and to develop clear action points rather than being a “talking shop.”

Meetings will not be open to the public and will be by invitation only.



7 Responses to Council Sets Up New Transport Forum

  1. Sue April 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    As the Island’s economy largely depends on the visitors travelling from the mainland to Scilly would it not be useful to have the opinions of the regular visitors as an additional group to the three sub groups mentioned?

  2. John Michael April 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Liz. I was not critisising skybus, they have a place in transport to the Islands, but a regular helicopter service is a must, What I have been is disapointed at the attitude of a miority in Penzance to the modification to the Scillion Pier. Regards John.

  3. Liz Martland April 18, 2013 at 8:43 am

    John, with respect, the Steamship Company with Skybus kept transport from Scilly to the mainland going, I would not call that a shambles. Whilst we were very fortunate to have the convenience of the helicopter service, I am grateful to Skybus for getting me to important medical appointments during a very wet winter.

    • Adam Morton,St.Martins April 19, 2013 at 8:30 am

      I think there is a difference between “keeping going “and adequate for the industry Liz. It isn’t so much a case of being critical or blaming anyone in particular as asking ourselves is it working? And If not, doing something about it. By working I mean for everyone not just the company or a few residents.

  4. Nobby Nobbs April 18, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I think we all know what the issues are.

    Passenger travel to the Mainland
    1. Waterlogged runways
    2. Fog
    3.Crosswinds
    4.Rough seas
    5.staff availability
    6.Over pricing

    Freight to/from the mainland
    1. Expensive
    2. A pricing system that is often debatable
    3. Goods that go missing
    4. Goods that get damaged

    And why won’t these meetings be open to the public?
    The council is funded by the public and the supplier is used by the public.
    It’s not like the information needs to be hidden from the competition.

  5. David Graham April 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I agree. How about approaching the RAF and Navy about using us as a flight training base? The government seem to like spending money on defence, let’s see if we can syphon some of it back.

    Sorry but all this Transport Forum stuff, it’s closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. If only the Officers and Members had some strategic foresight a couple of years ago, when the visitor numbers were already dropping. I’ve got a suggestion, either get the Steamship to lower their prices, or ask them to cease trading. Give the government no option but to help us. This Coalition government need to be told what to do, not asked.

    The state of the island economy, and the renumeration of the Chief Officers reminds me of the bankers, and the public then having to pay the price for their mistakes and bail them out while they walk away with bulging pockets. Sorry if that hurts their feelings, but I’ve got a family to think about, we’ve got to stare the cause of this problem in the face to ensure that it doesnt happen again. We lost a £60m project because we didn’t have a Chief Officer capable of managing it.

  6. John Michael April 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Thought, as Bristo have the contract for Air sea rescue and will be based at Newquay Is it worth approaching them to see if they would be interested in tendering for the helecopter service, They fly Augusta westlands 189 and Sikorsky S92.
    May I respectfully suggest that if you dont meet on a monthly basis yo are not taking the needs of the people seriously This winter was a shambles, What is your MP doing to get grants as enjoyed in Scotland. Kick ass is required.
    Regards John Michael regular visitior to your lovely Islands.