Schiller Shelter Petition Opened

porthcressa schiller shelterA petition against the new Porthcressa Schiller Shelter being used as the Tourist Information Centre has opened for signatures.

It’s on the windowsill at Sheila Thomas’ home, Auriga, on Porthcressa Road and there are more forms at the Old Town Stores.

Sheila wants the TIC moved out of the new building and into the Town Hall reception area. She claims that yesterday, visitors had nowhere to shelter from the rain after 5.30pm when the shelter was locked, as the information centre closed for the evening.

She’s offered to lock the shelter herself, later in the evening, so people can use it until 9pm.

Chief Planner Craig Dryden says there was a consultation over the move and the switch from the Steamship Company offices will save £15,000 each year.



11 Responses to Schiller Shelter Petition Opened

  1. Hecuba June 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Will there be any action taken on the planting on Porthcressa Bank? And was there any form of consultation on that planting? It looks a right old state! What a waste of taxpayers’ money!

  2. yet another islander June 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    It’s a pity you weren’t so proactive when you were a councillor Sheila Thomas, you might have polled a few more votes!!

    • Steve Sims June 21, 2013 at 12:02 am

      Schiller was a very good councilor, she worked very hard and her agenda was very much dictated by peoples comments and what the electorate wanted. And she was much more vocal than many of the other councilors were. She was proactive and opinionated (which is a good thing) and concerned in a non-abstract way about local issues. It’s very easy to snipe anonymously from a (manifest) position of ignorance. I don’t think it’s appropriate to make this sort of a hurtful personal comment under a veil.

      • pat hicks June 21, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        Well said Steve. could not agree with you more. its a shame people hide behind alias names like that.. there really is no need for it now days, after all we are all entitled to our opinions.. think it shows what cowards some of these people must be tho…….. BRAVE NA !!.

  3. Colin Hobbs June 15, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Best of Luck to Sheila Thomas for taking such a stand, plus it is commendable that she has offered her services to ensure it is kept fit for purpose.

  4. . June 15, 2013 at 6:41 am

    jeff, there are toilets below the shelter which are accessible separately.

  5. bjr June 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    The weather in England is constantly changeable and the Shelter is one of the few (non-comercial) places folks can go to escape the rain or wind ~ It seems there was a reason for creating the shelter in the first place, and unless global warming speeds up, that reason remains… Taking care of the visitors has to be a priority in Scilly~ and offering a pleasant dry space to shelter on rainy days seems to be very respectful of Scilly’s appreciation of that~
    Having a tourist info office with a view may be less important than offering the tourists themselves a nice place to rest & enjoy on inclement days~

  6. Jeff Eastick June 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I have previously asked this question but no answer.
    Are there public toilets in the new shelter , as before , and if so , will these be unavailable to the public after 17.00 and at weekends ?

    • Kev Wright June 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Hi Jeff,

      The toilets are in a separate section below the shelter like they were before. I haven’t checked the time they close but it’s definitely after the TIC – so I think (I’m assuming from previous posts you’re a regular visitor) that the opening hours for the toilets haven’t changed at all. The problem there was to do with the new showers which require a key from the TIC (I think) so are only available during opening hours, but that may have changed. They were definitely open on Sunday when I walked past too!

  7. jenny green June 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Make a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Any formal consultation should have been recorded in written form and accessible to any one who makes a request for such information. If it was not recorded, then it did not happen, it was not a consultation and will need doing again.

  8. Sheila Thomas June 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Would like Craig Dryden to tell us who the “consultation” was with as I’ve not met anybody yet who was consulted.