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Council Wants Your Views On Development Projects

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 […]

Hotel Owners Can Convert Staff House To Holiday Let

Hotel Owners Can Convert Staff House To Holiday Let

The owners of Tregarthen’s Hotel have been granted permission to alter their staff house so it can be used as a holiday let. Planners agreed an application for changes to the 18th century building, ‘Starboard Light,’ which is alongside The Bank in St Mary’s. In recent years the Grade II listed property has been connected […]

Chairman Concerned About ‘Noisy’ Signs

Chairman Concerned About ‘Noisy’ Signs

More advertising signboards are going up at Porthcressa Bank. Planners have agreed to add four new spaces, which will means there’ll now be seven blocks of advertising. Cllr Fran Grottick hoped that the extra spaces might prevent unofficial signs, “popping up all over the place.” Fran warned that those pavement signs could obstruct pedestrians and […]

Councillors Say They Won’t Approve £4m Hitachi ‘Smart Islands’ Project Until They Have More Information

Councillors Say They Won’t Approve £4m Hitachi ‘Smart Islands’ Project Until They Have More Information

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” That was the view of Cllr Gaz O’Neill at yesterday’s Full Council meeting, where members voted unanimously not to sanction spending on the proposed £4m ‘Smart Islands’ project, being run in collaboration with Japanese multinational company Hitachi. Councillors said they wanted the item removed from the budget […]

Hell Bay Hotel Picks Up Bronze At National Tourism Awards

Hell Bay Hotel Picks Up Bronze At National Tourism Awards

Bryher’s Hell Bay Hotel has won bronze in this year’s national VisitEngland Tourism Awards. The business was being judged in the Best Small Hotel category and was the only property in Cornwall and Scilly to make it through to the finals. It follows a run of trophies for the hotel, including gold for the third […]

Former VisitEngland Chief Is New Chairman Of Scilly’s Islands’ Partnership

Former VisitEngland Chief Is New Chairman Of Scilly’s Islands’ Partnership

The former Chief Executive of VisitEngland has been appointed the new Chairman of the Islands’ Partnership. James Berresford will take up the non-executive role for an initial three-year term. The position has been vacant since last summer, when former Chairman and Duchy Land Steward Chris Gregory stood down. David Jackson, the Partnership’s Executive Director, says […]

Planners Approve A New St Mary’s Takeaway And ‘Restaurant’

Planners Approve A New St Mary’s Takeaway And ‘Restaurant’

Tanglewood Kitchen will be allowed to sell takeaways and offer sit-down meals. Councillors have approved a request to switch the premises from an A1 classified business to one with both A3 and A5 planning uses. It means that Tanglewood is no longer listed as a shop and it can now operate as both a restaurant […]

Landing Fee Increase Is ‘Totally Unacceptable’ Says Steamship Company Chief Exec

Landing Fee Increase Is ‘Totally Unacceptable’ Says Steamship Company Chief Exec

The Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company says a proposed 15% increase in landing fees at St Mary’s Airport is, “totally unacceptable.” Rob Goldsmith has issued his statement following the Council’s Transport, Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee meeting yesterday, where councillors voted to recommend a 15% rise in landing fees. That would […]

Council Hikes Airport Fees By 15% Although One Councillor Pushes For 37% Rise

Council Hikes Airport Fees By 15% Although One Councillor Pushes For 37% Rise

Councillors have voted to raise landing fees at St Mary’s Airport by 15% next year in a bid to bring the facility back into profit. But Cllr Robert Dorrien-Smith, who chaired the meeting, described the increase as “unjustified” and said it would damage the islands’ tourist industry. Councillors were warned that the airport still has […]