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St Mary’s Harbour Improvement Project Weekly Update- 30 October 2015

Here’s the latest from Kier Construction Quay Extension: Final mass concrete tie in complete. Transfer of additional aggregates and cement on-going from the mainland. Reinforcement and formwork for sea wall ongoing. Grouting of the anchors on-going. Fenders now island side. Quay Widening: 10no level one pre-cast concrete units placed and anchored. Foundation works 50% complete. […]

Councillors Question Cost Of NHS Medical Travel

Councillors Question Cost Of NHS Medical Travel

Councillors have questioned why islanders are having to pay considerable sums of money to attend mainland medical appointments, even though UK law says it should cost no one more than £5. The issue was brought up during a discussion on medical travel at the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Healthwatch director, Jane Hurd, said that […]

Grant Bid To Improve Scilly’s Sea Defences

Grant Bid To Improve Scilly’s Sea Defences

The Council is hoping to secure grant money to strengthen some of the islands’ sea defences. Most of the money will come from a European fund for improving resilience of dunes identified as vulnerable, to safeguard key structures and commercial properties. Under the scheme dunes at Porthmellon would be shored up to defend the industrial […]

Scilly’s Sea Bird Recovery Team In Demand As Consultants

Scilly’s Sea Bird Recovery Team In Demand As Consultants

Managers from the Scilly Seabird Recovery Project have been advising the owners of a group of Hebridean islands over rat eradication. The team has just returned from the privately owned Shints Islands. Next January, St Agnes and Gugh will have been rat-free for two years, following a successful community-backed programme of bating. In Scilly the […]

New Dustcart Should Solve St Mary’s Refuse Problems

New Dustcart Should Solve St Mary’s Refuse Problems

Delays in St Mary’s refuse collection, caused by technical problems with the dustcart, will soon be resolved. Councillors have agreed to purchase a newer replacement vehicle. The current bin lorry is 14 years old and has broken down ten times over the last year. And councillors have been advised that reliability is important as the […]

Police Warning Over Dangerous Animals On The Loose

Police Warning Over Dangerous Animals On The Loose

Tolman Cafe has bought some rare animals as an attraction. St Mary’s Police have contacted us to say that the cafe’s two raccoon dogs, which are normally penned in,  have escaped overnight. Police say you should NOT approach the animals as they are dangerous. They are the size of a Jack Russell terrier and have […]

Skybus To Expand Services Next Year

Skybus To Expand Services Next Year

For the second year running, Skybus are expanding their service. And once again they say that their new schedules represent the largest ever flying programme in their history. Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith says acquisition of an additional Islander aircraft back in July means they can offer even more options than in 2015. One of the […]

NHS Taken To Task Over Eye Tests In Scilly

NHS Taken To Task Over Eye Tests In Scilly

NHS England have been asked to explain to councillors why islanders are having to wait so long to get an eye test. It follows a survey by Healthwatch this summer in which 60% of people rated optometry services in Scilly as ‘poor.’ In June 2013, a special room was fitted out at the Health Centre […]

Newquay Airport Scraps Controversial Passenger Fee

Newquay Airport Scraps Controversial Passenger Fee

You won’t have to fork out a fiver when you fly to Scilly through Newquay anymore. Cornwall Council, who operates the airport, has announced that they are scrapping the charge. The unpopular development fee was introduced in 2005 and raised around £430,000 in the last financial year. The mainland authority says that revenue is up […]

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