Porthcressa Register Office Could Get Storm Shutters

Register Office at Porthcressa

Register Office at Porthcressa

The Chairman of the Council has asked why storm shutters weren’t fitted to the new Porthcressa Register Office, even though it was raised at the design stage.

Cllr Amanda Martin said she had wanted it on the plans and that point of view was now validated.

Amanda said she regrets that it’s now being done retrospectively.

Chief Registrar Alison Gardner told members of the Policy and Resources Committee that the Ceremony Room became very noisy during a wedding, which took place in the midst of a bad storm on Valentine’s Day.

She says she’s spoken to the Director of Place Craig Dryden about getting shutters installed on the seaward windows, as protection from disruption, flooding and sand blasting.

Policy and Resources Chairman Gaz O’Neill supported this, saying that “it’s a necessity.”

Alison also outlined plans for the Register Service this coming year.

They’d like to maximise the use of the Ceremony Room by offering it for meetings by the Council or islands’ clubs.

And while they’ve introduced evening wedding ceremonies, nobody’s taken them up on it yet.

“I don’t think people see Scilly as Las Vegas,” says Alison.

To make the service more user friendly, Alison outlined plans to change the opening times from the current Tuesday and Thursday sessions at 9.00am to 10.30am.

Alison says moving these to a 10.30am to noon slot on one day and over lunch hour on another day will help workers and those who live on an off-island arrange more convenient appointments.

A new, streamlined, ‘Tell Us Once” service will also be started, where someone registering a death can give all info in one go and the Register Office will forward it to the relevant departments.

It’s thought this could help people during a very distressing time.