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St Erth Heliport Plans To Go On Display

St Erth Heliport Plans To Go On Display

Islanders and visitors who are on the mainland, will be able to see how an integrated road, rail and helicopter hub at St Erth will look, as plans go on display this month. British International Helicopters intends moving their helicopter base from Penzance to a site within walking distance of the St Erth railway station. […]

Baggage Charges May Stop People Buying Souvenirs

Baggage Charges May Stop People Buying Souvenirs

Fears of excess baggage fees are dissuading some visitors from spending on gifts to take home. Ann Mumford says a number of people have said they won’t buy bulky RNLI charity Christmas card packs or gifts from craft fairs as they’re worried they’ll have to pay more at the airport. But Scilly’s transport providers say […]

Businesses Should Pay More For Tourism Marketing

Businesses Should Pay More For Tourism Marketing

Businesses are going to have to pay more into the new tourism body to get a better service for Scilly. That’s the view of the Joint-Chair of Islands Tourism, Euan Rodger. Euan says that, considering the importance of tourism to the islands, Scilly spends relatively little on marketing, which is something that needs to change […]

Longstone Centre Up For Sale

Longstone Centre Up For Sale

Another business is up for sale on St Mary’s. Mick and Sonia Scott have put the Longstone Heritage Centre and Cafe on the market. The business failed to open at the usual time this year because of a significant water leak problem. In May, Sonia told us that they couldn’t get a builder to deal […]

LAG Restarts Funding Following Government Review

LAG Restarts Funding Following Government Review

Following a four month pause in activities, the Isles of Scilly Local Action Group, or LAG, is back in business. Since early March, the 64 LAGs across the UK have been unable to allocate funding to any new projects. It’s down the Comprehensive Spending Review and Defra’s need to review their performance. Programme Manager Amanda […]

Brewery Launches Search For Best Pub Singer

Brewery Launches Search For Best Pub Singer

  Could you be the next Bone Idol? St Austell Brewery is launching a nationwide search for the UK’s best pub singers in a karaoke-style competition. The pub chain, who have premises across the South West, want videos of people performing the traditional pub song ‘Little Eyes’. The best performance will win a gig by […]

Helicopter Ticket Could Cost £400 Under New Government Air Tax

Helicopter Ticket Could Cost £400 Under New Government Air Tax

A return helicopter ticket could soon cost over £400, unless Government plans for passenger duty are stopped, Councillors have heard. The Chairman of our Council, Mike Hicks, has written to the Treasury, asking for British International Helicopters to be made exempt from a new form of air passenger duty. The new fuel surcharge was announced […]

St Martin’s Hotel Up For Sale

St Martin’s Hotel Up For Sale

St Martins Hotel is for sale after a judge has forced the business to be sold. The court, acting for owner Peter Sykes’ late wife Penny, wants to realise the value of her share of the business for her estate. In a statement to Radio Scilly yesterday, General Manager Keith Bradford says he hopes to […]

Approval For New Wine Tasting Area At Holy Vale

Approval For New Wine Tasting Area At Holy Vale

The Theatre Club store at Holy Vale is going to become a wine tasting area and shop for the vineyard next door. Councillors approved the new use for the stone barn last night. Brian Lowen said the Theatre Club has been offered alternative storage. The boarded-up windows in the building will be opened but one […]