Former Councillor Wants TIC To Move

sheila thomas
A former St Mary’s councillor has questioned whether we still need a tourist information centre and says the newly-opened facility should move out of the Schiller Shelter.

Sheila Thomas says the shelter was built for people to enjoy, especially in wet weather, and it’s now locked up at 5pm every evening and 2pm on Sundays, when the TIC closes.

Sheila doesn’t think that the islands need a TIC any more, especially as most accommodation providers have their own website and visitors do their research online.

She thinks it could easily be moved into the One Stop Shop at the Town Hall, with electronic boards similar to those on the Scillonian to give people information. She says that could also bring in a bit of extra advertising revenue.

Sheila thinks the Islands’ Partnership should be responsible for managing the TIC and the Council should act on the original recommendations in the Blue Sail report. There are few TICs left in Cornwall, she says, and the one in St Ives is run privately.

If the TIC does move out, Sheila wants the shelter to close at 9pm, adding that as she lives opposite, she’d be happy to lock it up and keep it clean.

She’s been canvassing councillors about her idea to move the TIC to the Town Hall and says she has support from between 12 and 15 of them.

And she says she’s investigating whether councillors approved the move in the first place. At Tuesday’s Planning meeting, Cllr Gordon Bilsborough said he couldn’t remember members voting for it.

9 Responses to Former Councillor Wants TIC To Move

  1. S Moore June 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve been working right outside the TIC for the past day or so and have been stopped by a number of people asking me where the Tourist information office is, only for me to walk them round the corner and point to the door. All they can see is the public loos
    Perhaps some signage is in order
    Agree with Adam on this one, perhaps the quay would have been a better position?

  2. Adam Morton ,St.Martins June 5, 2013 at 8:43 am

    With the TIC in the main hugh street at least 95% of visitors HAVE to pass it at some point during their stay and can see whats on at the board.At porthcressa. Almost none from the off islands would go there and maybe half of St.Marys stayers!To function properly and serve Scillies main industry it needs to be in the most prominent place either at the Quay or where it was.

  3. Jeff Eastick June 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Not clear from all that has been said as to whether the public loos that were under the old shelter have been incorporated into the new shelter , and if yes , whether these will also be unavailable after 17.00 and at weekends ?

  4. Chris & June Jones Bell Rock Hotel May 31, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Closing the tourist office would be disastrous for the main income for the islands-Tourism. The excellent staff provide a vital service for visitors and it is much appreciated by them -not everyone has web access,particularly many older guests.Penzance has gone down the suicidal route,closing their office and all their public toilets as well! Wake up- visitor numbers are well down-and there is fierce competition for the tourist £ – Looking after our visitors well ensures they will return – we hope!

  5. Sheila Thomas May 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Euan, this is how some Councillors found out about the move!

  6. Euan Rodger May 31, 2013 at 12:28 am

    The Duchy’s LAG funded map on the Quay which was up, some months ago,shows the TIC in its new location. Some were in the know!!

  7. Sheila Thomas May 30, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Graham, thank you. I feel our “1 stop shop” in the Town Hall is the ideal place for our TIC, not the “usurping” of a new SHELTER as another office.
    Glynne: The idea of moving the TIC to the Schiller Shelter was brought to Council as an urgent item, but I believed it was deferred pending further discussion. The original plans passed by Council was for a “bare” room, however, with no amendment, the toilet & kitchen facilities were present on the approved Building Control plans as they did not require further planning consent so did not go before the planning committee. This leads me to believe that this was a “done deal” even before Councillors knew of the TIC plans and this move must be overturned with immediate effect before the TIC get too esconced into a SHELTER which, as you know, was originally built with generous funding from the German people to afford protection from the elements

  8. Graham Coad May 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Hayle’s TIC is now at the Library which is also the “one stop shop” and is another argument to keep our Library open in these hard up times. It has been quite successful there.
    This lady’s idea seems extremely sensible.

  9. Glynne Lucas May 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Who’s decision was it to move it to the Schiller Shelter anyway? If it wasn’t decided by the Councillors, then someone without the authority to do so, must have given the order.