The AONB Partnership recognises the importance of the Island’s natural environment to the local economy. For the past 30-40 years the Island’s have enjoyed a thriving economic period, most notably through tourism, as people have visited the Island’s from far and wide to enjoy their natural beauty. However, more recently, the Islands have suffered a marked decline in visitor numbers which has effected the viability of the local economy and the local community. Should this decline, along with other factors, continue it could start a spiral of decline, which would challenge Scilly’s ability to remain a sustainable and vibrant place to live.
In response to these challenges, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, along with key Partners, have developed and adopted a new Strategic Economic Plan for the Isles of Scilly, in consultation with local residents, businesses, organisations and local groups.
The Strategic Economic Plan will be used to identify and initiate projects eligible for funding by organisations such as the Local Enterprise Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (LEP), EU and Local Growth Fund, Local Action Group and the Rural Development Programme for England.
The Strategic Economic Plan is made up of 5 reports, which are:
- The Strategic Economic Plan
- The Infrastructure Plan
- The Housing Growth Plan
- The Business Survey
- The Key Actions
All the above documents can be read online through the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s website.