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Boundary Commission Says Number Of Scilly Councillors Should Be Cut

Boundary Commission Says Number Of Scilly Councillors Should Be Cut

The number of elected members on Scilly’s council could be reduced to sixteen, with a single councillor for each off-island. Those are the recommendations published today by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, who are asking locals for their views on the proposals. They’ve started an eight-week consultation on the new democratic arrangements for […]

Scilly’s Council Website Ranked Second Hardest To Read In The UK

Scilly’s Council Website Ranked Second Hardest To Read In The UK

The Council’s website has been ranked second to last out of 191 UK local authorities for its lack of readability and clarity. The research was carried out by the internet experts VisibleThread. They graded council sites on how well they’re meeting the new government guidelines, issued in 2014, for the way public bodies are expected […]

Cornwall Council Preparing To Take On Raft Of Scilly Council Services

Cornwall Council Preparing To Take On Raft Of Scilly Council Services

Scilly’s Council could ask Cornwall to provide a raft of essential services to the islands as it prepares to plug a 40% hole in its budget. The details were revealed in a report to Cornwall’s Resources Policy Advisory Committee at their meeting last Thursday. The report says Scilly’s Council is facing “significant budgetary pressures in […]

NHS Says Scilly’s Hospital Food Hygiene Failings Have Been Rectified

NHS Says Scilly’s Hospital Food Hygiene Failings Have Been Rectified

The NHS Trust responsible for St Mary’s Hospital in Scilly says all the deficiencies picked up in a recent food hygiene inspection have been addressed. Environmental Health officers said the hospital’s kitchen required “major improvement” and rated it as ‘1’ on the Food Standards Agency’s national rating scheme, following a visit in February. Establishments serving […]

Plans For New Penzance Heliport Announced

Plans For New Penzance Heliport Announced

A new helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly is coming a step closer following the announcement today of a £2m private-sector investment plan. And a planning application for a new heliport on Jelbert Way, Penzance, is expected to be submitted this autumn, following a public event to discuss the plans in September. The proposed […]

Vodafone Announces Additional 4G Service For Scilly

Vodafone Announces Additional 4G Service For Scilly

Vodafone has announced that their customers will finally be able to access 3G and 4G network services in Scilly. It follows the launch of the islands’ first 4G service by EE in April this year. Up until now, Vodafone users have only been able to use the slower 2G technology. Kye Prigg, Head of Mobile Networks […]

Dog Owners Who Don’t Clean Up After Pets Could Face £1,000 Fine

Dog Owners Who Don’t Clean Up After Pets Could Face £1,000 Fine

Councillors have voted unanimously to introduce tough new penalties for dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets. The so-called Public Spaces Protection Order was agreed at the recent Full Council meeting, following a public consultation with islanders earlier this year. Under the new order, dog owners could face a fine of up to […]

Scilly’s Council Will Share Monitoring Officer With Cornwall

Scilly’s Council Will Share Monitoring Officer With Cornwall

In a sign of further co-operation with the mainland, Scilly’s councillors have voted to appoint Cornwall Council’s Monitoring Officer to oversee the same role on the islands. Richard Williams will take up the position vacated by former Scilly Council Legal Officer Richard Burraston, who resigned last month. The Monitoring Officer is a role required by […]

Proposal To Increase Councillor Allowances Withdrawn From Meeting

Proposal To Increase Councillor Allowances Withdrawn From Meeting

A proposal to increase the payments made to Scilly’s councillors, including an extra £2,000 for the Council Chairman, has been postponed until the autumn. The recommendations made by an independent review panel were due to be discussed at the Full Council meeting last week. No reason was given for why the item had been withdrawn. […]