Two Government Ministers Visiting The Islands Next Week

airport building work 2014Affordable transport campaign group FRIST has welcomed news that the Secretary of State for Transport will visit Scilly next Wednesday.

Patrick McLoughlin is one of two Conservative ministers with appointments on St Mary’s next week.

The Farming and Fisheries Minister George Eustice will also be over on Tuesday

It’s expected that Mr McLoughlin will tour our main transport points, including St Mary’s airport and quay, which have been awarded European funding for improvements.

Council managers hope he’ll announce the final funding approval for the long-awaited quay extension works, which are due to start in the autumn.

The majority of the £15.2m budget for a joint St Mary’s and Penzance scheme will be spent here in Scilly.

The Town Hall also asked the Department For Transport for around £1m to fund additional road resurfacing on St Mary’s while the specialist tarmac batching equipment is here.

Scilly’s MP Andrew George says he’s been working hard in trying to secure that cash and he’s hoping the minister will bring good news.

FRIST Coordinator Marian Bennett says her group represents the travelling public and she hopes to be invited to talk to the Transport Minister. She’ll tell him of the need for a subsidy for all passengers, including visitors.

FRIST believe that it’s essential to maintain sustainable and viable transport links into the future and that underpins the entire Scilly economy, says Marian.

On Tuesday, it’s hoped that sea conditions will allow the Secretary of State for Farming, Food and Marine Management, George Eustice, to travel from Newlyn to St Mary’s on the Cornwall IFCA patrol boat, Saint Piran.

The Conservative MP is already familiar with the islands as his constituency is Camborne and Redruth.

He’ll meet with our IFCA chairman Cllr Andy Guy and be shown the fishermen’s ice facility and hoist on the quay. He’ll also tour one of Scilly’s Marine Conservation Zones on a glass-bottomed boat.

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