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Planning U-Turn Gives Green Light To New Home

Planning U-Turn Gives Green Light To New Home

Councillors have made a planning U-turn and granted permission for a new property to be built at Holy Vale without any occupancy restrictions. In September, planners refused an application from Nikki Banfield and John Jenkins to knock down an existing one-bedroom, single storey building at South Tinks and replace it with a larger home. Officers […]

MP Predicts Lower Cuts To Police Budget

MP Predicts Lower Cuts To Police Budget

Scilly’s MP says he doesn’t believe that cuts to the Police budget will be as bad as some commentators have suggested. Conservative member for St Ives, Derek Thomas, is a backbencher and, as such, he says he’s not been given an insight into today’s autumn statement by the Chancellor. But he doubts that funding will […]

New Rail Freight Service Could Boost Market For Scilly Produce

New Rail Freight Service Could Boost Market For Scilly Produce

Fresh produce from Scilly, including fish or flowers, will soon be transported to the centre of London in under 24 hours. On Monday, Great Western Railway will launch a new freight service from Penzance to Paddington, the first in around twenty years. Robin Turner, who worked in the Newlyn fishing industry until his retirement four […]

New ‘Scilly Helicopter’ Company Name Registered

New ‘Scilly Helicopter’ Company Name Registered

The Steamship Company has registered a new business – ‘The Isles of Scilly Helicopter Company.’ But they say that islanders shouldn’t read anything into that and it doesn’t mean that they are planning to launch a rotary route. Yesterday locals noticed the new Companies House listing, which is registered to the Steamship Group’s Penzance office. […]

Council Says Getting Quality Staff Is Biggest Risk

Council Says Getting Quality Staff Is Biggest Risk

The biggest risk facing Scilly’s Council is their inability to recruit and retain high quality staff. That’s what councillors will be told at next week’s Finance, Audit and Scrutiny Committee. The dangers facing the authority have been highlighted in a new ‘risk register’ produced following criticism from independent auditors that the authority didn’t have in […]

Police Appeal For Info On Car Damage

Police Appeal For Info On Car Damage

St Mary’s Police want the person who damaged a car outside The Mermaid to own up to it. A Red Suzuki Ignis was left in the parking area near the pub on Friday. It was meant to be transported on to St Agnes but the poor weather delayed the transfer. On Monday morning Steamship Company […]

Delay To Free Central Heating Upgrades For Some Islanders

Delay To Free Central Heating Upgrades For Some Islanders

Free central heating systems should still be offered to up to thirty islands’ households but the project timeline has slipped and it won’t be completed this winter. Back in September, Radio Scilly reported that islanders with disabilities, locals on benefits or residents aged over 60 could be entitled to the upgrades, including new boilers and […]

Scilly’s Museum Is ‘High Standard’ Says Arts Council

Scilly’s Museum Is ‘High Standard’ Says Arts Council

Scilly’s museum is of a high standard. That’s the view of the Arts Council of England, the body that judges the quality of 1,726 collections around the UK. Their national accreditation scheme started in 1988 and is considered the benchmark for assessing performance, rewarding achievement and driving improvement to enhance the visitor experience by recommending […]

Scilly Lottery Winner 23rd November 2015

Barbara and Tim Simpson from St Mary’s