ST MARTIN'S OBSERVATORY APPROVED BY COUNCIL
Planning permission has been granted for an astronomical observatory on St Martin’s.
The proposal, to construct two prefabricated glass fibre observatory domes housing one telescope each, was approved unanimously at the planning meeting on November 22.
The observatory will be built on the vacant field at the rear of St Martin's Community Centre.
The application, made by Terry Perkins, includes a “warm” room containing computers and equipment to "allow remote viewing through the telescopes via a camera link".
Cllr Christine Savill said: "I think this is quite an exciting application for the community on St Martin's and hopefully for the wider communities on other islands and also for our visitors.
"It's something new, we have Dark Sky status across parts of the islands, and I think this is worthy of approval."
Cllr Steve Sims described the application as "great", adding that he was particularly pleased there was a warm room for viewing the stars on cold winter nights.
The Isles of Scilly is the darkest district in the UK, according to a June report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.