Couples To Get More Locations To Renew Vows In Scilly

Register Office at Porthcressa

Register Office at Porthcressa

Couples hoping to renew their vows on the islands will soon have more choice about where their service can take place.

Councillors have voted to change the rules on so-called ‘non statutory ceremonies.’

At the moment, these can only take place at one of the Authority’s approved venues – either the Register Office at Porthcressa or a number of licenced hotels and restaurants.

But Senior Officer Richard Burraston says the Council has been receiving more enquiries about holding these services at alternative venues.

There were four in January alone, he said, which represented nearly £1,000 in income.

Now, anywhere that’s a “permanent structure with four walls and a roof’ will be eligible to hold these services.

Burraston acknowledged that the change would impact on the trade of the current licensed premises.

But he felt this would be minimal because weddings and civil partnerships still need to take place at an approved venue.

Mr Burraston also pre-empted a review of the staffing and operating hours of the Registration Service, which was contained in their service plan for next year.

The office currently employs two registrars part time and four staff on a casual basis.

But in response to a question from Cllr Richard McCarthy, he said the current requirements don’t warrant an increase in the number of registrars or changes to opening times.