New Scilly Weather Station Could Encourage Visitors
Scilly should set up a weather station in The Park to better represent our mild temperatures to the world.
St Mary’s flower farmer Penny Rogers says that the Islands’ Partnership should develop the idea, put forward by her husband Pete, as a promotional tool and to add a point of interest.
At the tourism body’s recent annual general meeting, Penny explained how important weather readings can be in encouraging visitors.
In the past there’s been friendly competition between the Channel Island of Jersey and Scilly over which destination is the warmest.
But Penny believes that measurements made from the current weather station site, opposite the airport, could make Scilly appear cooler than it should be because of the exposed location.
Penny says, “Many tourist places have their temperature reading equipment in sheltered places.”
She says it would be great if staff from Seasalt, who chalk up daily temperature readings on a blackboard outside the shop, could obtain data from nearby.
Mrs Rogers suggests that future European grant money could be used for a project which the IP could drive forward as, “it’s the sort of initiative they could deliver without huge expense.”
Penny’s waiting to hear from the tourism body as to whether they wish to take the idea further.