MP Says Mood Is Lifting On The Islands

Scilly's MP, Andrew George

Scilly’s MP, Andrew George

Our MP says Scilly seems like a calmer and more settled place than on his last visit.

Andrew George says it felt like the islands were “on a downward spiral” last year, but says that’s now reversed and he feels that people are pulling together.

The last eighteen months have seen a number of high profile issues made public, including the suspension and subsequent resignation of the school head teacher, the early retirement of the Council’s long-serving chief executive and the ending of the helicopter link from Penzance.

Andrew says it’s like “a new landscape has been drawn” with lot of agreement and constructive action in areas like transport and education.

He feels that’s important because there are still some tough issues facing the islands, not least the large drop in tourist numbers this season.

Andrew says the substantial package of investment by the Department of Transport in the quays at St Mary’s and Penzance is good news.

And he feels the local elections in May and a change of Council personnel may have lifted the mood.

Andrew says he’s known and worked with new chief executive, Theo Leijser, for many years and says he’s highly respected.

“He’s someone who likes to get the job done,” says Andrew, adding that he’s sure Theo will hit the ground running when he starts in the New Year.

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