Council Needs ‘Joined Up Thinking’ Over Visitors, Says Businessman

busy hugh street with visitorsA St Mary’s businessman wants the Council to follow the lead of the tourism sector in planning ahead, in order to present Scilly at its best for visitors.

Euan Rodger says he couldn’t believe Town Hall management allowed staff to go ahead with street cleaning last Thursday, when St Mary’s received 1,100 extra visitors.

They’d come ashore from the Megellan, the largest cruise ship to berth here to date.

Euan says the small roadsweeper was used in the morning and the larger vehicle “dispersed” the crowd in the afternoon.

And he’s questioned why the Council can’t adopt the “joined-up thinking” approach shown by the Harbour staff and Islands’ Partnership, who worked together to welcome the passengers.

Euan’s Facebook comments have brought a range of reactions.

One local called the use of the street cleaner while so many visitors were here as “unbelievable.” Another Hugh Street trader suggested that the sweeper should have been used at 6am, before passengers came ashore.

And Euan adds that, “timing is everything.” He has contacted Craig Dryden, the Council’s Head of Infrastructure, to hear his view and so has Radio Scilly.

Neither Euan nor Radio Scilly has received a reply so far.