Monday, 6 July 2015

Airport Cash Situation Worse Than Expected

From Scilly Today 6 Jul 2015.   The Council’s latest accounts show how serious the cash situation is at St Mary’s Airport.  The account was £170,000 in deficit at the end of the last financial year.  It is a so-called trading account, meaning the airport can’t go into the red and can’t be supported from ratepayers’ money although the Council is allowed to borrow money to cover any shortfall.  It marks a significant worsening in the airport’s financial position and it’s the first time it’s needed a bail out. At the same point last year, reserves stood at £249,000. That means they’ve spent around £419,000 from the airport ‘savings.’
Read the full article here

Council Chairman Questions New Plans For Quay Widening

Silly Today 3 Jul 2015. Cllr Amanda Martin was speaking at the recent Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority meeting, where she questioned the quality of the materials being used and how well the project is being managed. Earlier in that week work on the quay widening to create a turning area for vehicles was halted after the contractors discovered contaminated sediment in the area. Read the full story here

Comment.   There has been some questioning of Cllr Martin's professional competence to challenge the technical solutions being implemented by Kier, one the UK's most respected civil engineering companies.


Scilly’s Passenger Numbers Are ‘Well Up’ This Summer

From Scilly Today 2 Jul. If you think Scilly seems busier than last year, the Steamship Company’s latest passenger figures would indicate that you’re right. 

Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith says the numbers of Skybus and Scillonian passengers are up significantly compared to 2014.

Rob says journeys on the combined air and sea routes have risen by 7.6% on June last year and 11% on the calendar year.
Read full article  here.

Comment:  Dick Cliffe, Penzance guest house owner and supporter of FRIST said:   there has been a noticeable upturn in visitors travelling to and from Scilly on the Scillonian – it has to be good news for Penzance and Scilly. It is also reassuring to see foreign visitors touring West Cornwall on foot or by bicycle now including a few days on Scilly in their itinerary. Some recent German guests were 'blown away' by the experience on Scilly commenting on their return to Penzance that the Isles of Scilly are largely unknown in Germany.