Council Wants Your Views On Development Projects
Do you use St Mary’s Airport more frequently since last year’s runway and terminal works? Has the £5m scheme increased the reliability of transport?
And do you think that the Porthmellon Innovation Centre on the former wholesaler site has created jobs?
Those are some of the questions posed in a survey that the Council has contracted consultants Amion to put together.
Diana Mompoloki, who heads the Council team responsible for these schemes and for the Porthcressa Regeneration, says the Town Hall needs to know what impact residents believe these projects have had on island life, businesses and visitors.
Your response is being sought as part of the Council’s funding agreement with the European Regional Development Fund, ERDF, and your feedback will help shape the design and delivery of future projects.
The airport refurbishment, which was overseen for the Council by Mrs Mompoloki, was considerably over budget.
In a public meeting last November, Cllr Steve Sims told locals that the authority expected to hear in January whether European funders could bail out the Council for the £582,000 overspend, but there’s been no further announcement.
Last week ScillyToday contacted the Council to ask whether ERDF has agreed to find the extra cash but the Council has not responded to our two emails.
If the European funders won’t pay, the Council will need to take on that sizeable debt and it will arguably become an unwanted additional burden for the cash-strapped authority.
Earlier this month members heard that Theo Leijser’s Council reorganisation has not made the operational savings in ongoing running costs that were required.
Members attending the Full Council meeting heard that job losses are being considered in a second ‘mini’ reorganisation designed to cut a further £670,000 from next year’s expenditure.
Council Chairman Amanda Martin warned councilors it was, “a question of the economic survival of the authority.”
You can take part in the survey about the Council’s Economic Development projects here.