Council Wants Your Views On Development Projects

Porthmellon Innovation and Enterprise Centre

Porthmellon Innovation and Enterprise Centre

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.

14 Responses to Council Wants Your Views On Development Projects

  1. Peter Beer March 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Possibly some thinking outside to box is needed for the Innovation centre, I have not seen what has been done, but the World Gig Championships are just around the corner, and the Islands have in my mind reached capacity, with the lack of accomodation and if you do not book your evening meals well in advance, your choices are very limited.
    Why not open one the units as a temp. dining facility for the duration of the event, with a bit of creative thinking, you could be giving a very much needed facility for the rowers and visitors alike, nothing special, just good wholesome food. How about it you entrepreneurs out there ? ( and please don’t throw bundles of red tape back at me )

    • Adam Morton, St.Martins March 28, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Unfortunately red tape exists and the Council has a dedicated officer to enforce it rigorously. That’s to say nothing of planning permissions for restrictive use etc etc. If there is a lack of facilities or a service ,there’s usually a pretty good reason for it. On the whole Scilly comes top of the statistics when it comes to innovative ways to make a living. The irony is that the least innovative people are the ones dictating Scilly’s future economic direction & public spending !

    • Martin March 30, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Good Idea, Tresco have pop ups popping up all over the place so why not here? a pop up restaurant and hostel great idea!

  2. frustrated March 24, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Just past the Innovation Centre, many lights on, but the place (ces) are like the Marie Celeste – nobody there, total waste of funding, not good and Council are wanting our thoughts , think it is obvious listening the comments within the community..

  3. Allan Hicks March 23, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks Kevin, unfortunately sometimes people have short memories.
    If you pm me your phone number I can call you and probably shed some light on your allegations.

  4. Kevin Daly. March 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Just as a point of interest the last major refurbishment of the airport terminal buildings was undertaken by local builders and was completed on time, on budget and Allan was the Council manager at the time overseeing the project.

  5. Pause before you complete the suvey March 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Please comment positively, it will help a few very special and brilliant people smarten their cv’s. Let’s give them the boost that makes it possible to move on and declare the job successfully completed. Can we nominate them for an award too?

  6. Fred Up March 22, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    £582,000 over spend yet we’re not asked to comment on that and the questions about the Starship Enterprise Centre were far too polite!

  7. Don March 22, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Allan, not sure if you think people have short memories, but I’m pretty sure you were the manager of the airport in the midst of it being run terribly and not putting any money aside to, y’know, fix the runways?


    Anyway, yes, the developments. Terrible business that. I mean, Porthcressa was necessary due to the flood defences, but the innovation centre, the boatpark, both bad ideas by councillors.

    Oh well, we live and we learn.

    • Donkev March 22, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Porthcressa sea defences were not altered in any way at all by the new scheme and in what way are you qualified to comment on anyone whose held down a responsible job?

      Landing fees determine funding levels and consequent reserves, members determine landing fees sometimes ignoring the advice of their managers; but of course always having given proper regard to their own and their family’s interests.

  8. Just me March 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Quite easy to slash 600 k sack from the top down

  9. Allan Hicks March 22, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    You couldn’t make it up.

    • Chargepayer March 22, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      But they do, normally as they are bumbling along.

  10. fed up now March 22, 2016 at 11:13 am