Home » 2015 » February

Whale Off St Martin’s Was ‘Significant Sighting’

Whale Off St Martin’s Was ‘Significant Sighting’

The whale seen by Anna Cawthray and Fay Page off St Martin’s last weekend was a young bowhead whale. Experts from all over the world have been involved in identifying the mammal. It is a significant sighting because this is the first of this species recorded in British or European waters. The women saw the […]

St Mary’s Harbour Works Update Feb 27th

This is the latest update from St Mary’s Harbourmaster Dale Clark. * Dredging works – Another disappointing week where the weather has hampered the ability to dredge. Work was due to start this morning but due to a mechanical breakdown the barge was taken back to the Innisidgen mooring. The current forecast suggests that it […]

Steamship Company Won’t Pass On Higher Airport Fees To Customers

Steamship Company Won’t Pass On Higher Airport Fees To Customers

The Chief Executive of the Steamship Company says the 5% increase in landing fees at St Mary’s Airport, voted in by councillors yesterday, will not be passed on to passengers. Rob Goldsmith said the company did not feel an increase as high as 5% was necessary, given the recent growth in the market to Scilly […]

New Role Will Help Tackle Loneliness In Older Islanders

New Role Will Help Tackle Loneliness In Older Islanders

Lonely, elderly islanders should soon be able to enjoy more social contact. The Council has secured grant money to fund a new member of staff whose role will be to increase interaction between older residents. Age Concern will manage the employee on behalf of the Town Hall. Cllr Richard McCarthy chairs the Community Services Committee, […]

Abbey Gardens On A Worldwide Search For New Plants

Abbey Gardens On A Worldwide Search For New Plants

The range of plants at Tresco’s Abbey Gardens is being expanded again. For many years, the Estate had been replacing plants that had been lost in the devastating hurricanes of 1987 and 1990. Curator Mike Nelhams says it’s taken a long time refill the garden, and this year, visitors could be surprised to see a […]

Cornwall Air Ambulance To Benefit From Bank Fines

Cornwall Air Ambulance To Benefit From Bank Fines

The Air Ambulance serving Scilly will benefit from large fines imposed by the financial regulator. A number of banks were recently prosecuted for a cartel, which illegally fixed the rates at which they loaned money to each other. The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced that the Cornwall Air Ambulance will receive £250,000 from the £5million […]

Council Raises Fees By More Than Inflation To Cover Salary Rises

Council Raises Fees By More Than Inflation To Cover Salary Rises

Scilly appears to have it’s own inflation rate. Officially the cost of goods and services nationally rose by 1.3% last year. But at Tuesday’s Policy and Resources Committee, councillors voted to increase the authority’s own fees and charges by an average of 2.2%. That’s the amount that salaries increased in the Council last year. The […]

Questions Raised Over Cost Of New Fire Fighter Fitness Tests

Questions Raised Over Cost Of New Fire Fighter Fitness Tests

Councillors have questioned the need for expensive fitness testing of island fire fighters as part of new government rules. Chief Fire Officer Steve Webster told the recent General Purposes Committee meeting that pension rules changes mean serving fire personnel will now have to work until the age of 60, rather than retiring at 55. But […]

Scilly’s Archaeology Group Entering Second Year Of Activities

Scilly’s Archaeology Group Entering Second Year Of Activities

Scilly’s archaeology group is entering its second year and founder, Cornwall-based expert Charlie Johns, says he’s been happy with how the group has progressed. Since last March, a team of islanders has helped the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust by volunteering to remove overgrowth at historic sites. Charlie says just walking around the off-islands, it’s […]

Page 1 of 12123Next ›Last »