TREGARTHEN'S DEVELOPMENT APPROVED BY MEMBERS
An Isles of Scilly councillor has described the Tregarthen's redevelopment as a "huge shot in the arm" for the confidence of the islands.
Cllr Ted Moulson said that the proposals represent the single biggest private investment Scilly has seen "for donkey's years".
The hotel's application to make various alterations including a new entrance lobby, creation of eight holiday lets and change of use of the staff accommodation block was discussed at the Council's Planning meeting on Tuesday.
Cllr Gordon Bilsborough expressed concerns about the additional strain on the already overloaded 'Mermaid run' sewage pipe.
Senior Manager for infrastructure Craig Dryden said that the removal of the in-house laundry and installation of a holding tank to allow timed discharges of foul water could overcome some of these issues.
Cllr Fran Grottick said that she would not like to see the new self-catering lets be sold off separately at a later date, while Cllr Marion Bennett was concerned about the works causing disruption in the tourism season. Cllr Steve Sims agreed that islanders had had enough of large building projects taking place in the summer months.
After a 35-minute discussion, the application was approved with two specific conditions attached - that the works not extend into the tourism season and the holiday lets be tied to the ownership of the hotel.
All councillors voted in favour of approval except Cllr Bilsborough, who abstained over his concerns about the capacity of the Mermaid run. He asked that his abstention be recorded.