Scilly’s Council Launches New, Easier-To-Use Website

council website mar 2014The Council has launched a new website, which they say will make it easier for people to find the information they need.

Islanders will now be able to fill out online forms covering a range of issues from reporting a pothole to commenting on planning applications.

The original version, which was a decade old, had been criticised by councillors for being too difficult to use.

Council Chairman Amanda Martin said she had been complaining about it “for years,” while Cllr Steve Sims felt that no matter what’s done to the website, “it will be better.”

The new site cost £10,000 and has been built by Plan Alpha, one of 41 companies that tendered for the work in January.

That’s significantly less than the old site, which cost over £40,000 and a further £5,500 on maintenance each year.

The Council’s tourism site, “Simply Scilly” was handed over to the Islands’ Partnership to run last July.

You’ll find the new website at

5 Responses to Scilly’s Council Launches New, Easier-To-Use Website

  1. Colin Bean March 31, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I want to tell someone on the Council about a load of litter and dumped rubbish, but I can’t seem to be able to find said subject on the new website-can anyone help please?

  2. Tony Toole March 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    One got the impression that the old site was difficult to navigate on purpose, with all the nitty gritty hidden away where no one could find it unless you knew where to look, so it will be interesting to see if we can now see how much the council spends on boat trips, the reason for each trip and who took each trip.

  3. Jim March 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    For 10k that just looks awful.

  4. Jonny Exile March 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Gosh! I hope Plan Alpha have done a lot to improve functionality for their £10,000 because from a ‘look and feel’ perspective it looks and feels like a DIY site from the 1990s.

  5. Alison RD March 31, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I can find next to nothing on the new site – eg about committees, dates of meetings etc. Have sent this comment via the link on the new site.