Councillor Calls For More Consultation Over Scilly’s Economic Strategy

island future economic plan 2014A councillor has called for wider consultation on proposals put forward in the controversial Ash Futures economic strategy report.

Members have been told that the consultants’ blueprint will be debated at the Full Council meeting in September.

So far, Councillors haven’t had a chance to discuss the contents of the report.

The wide-ranging review makes a number of recommendations, including building up to 120 new homes and using the introduction of superfast broadband to help diversify the economy away from tourism

Cllr Fran Grottick told the Planning and Development meeting last Thursday that there were some parts of the report that she was sure the Council would endorse, while other parts they might “not be quite so happy with.”

She also felt there was “some way to go” to fully consult with the business community in Scilly, particularly the tourism sector.

Senior Manager for Strategic Development, Diana Mompoloki said any actions coming from the report would need to go through the formal Council approval process with further consultation.



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