Council’s Scrutiny Committee launches business freight survey

The Council’s Scrutiny Committee has today launched an online survey to gather information on the freight needs of businesses. All island-based businesses are encouraged to participate.

The purpose of the survey is to inform the committee’s review of the freight network and ultimately explore opportunities for improvement to the mutual benefit of businesses and freight operators. This review is in the context of the Council’s Corporate Plan objectives that include economic growth and recognition of the importance of the tourism sector.

The committee’s chairman, Cllr Avril Mumford, said: “The survey will help us understand the scope of business needs on the islands and that depends on having a really strong response across the islands. Island Futures (the strategic economic plan for the Isles of Scilly) highlighted that small island economies share several common issues, one of which is high freight costs and reduced competitiveness, so the committee will be looking to explore where there are opportunities for co-operation and improvement to the benefit of all.”

To take part in the survey, visit the link below and follow the instructions. All responses must be received by midnight on Tuesday 15 May 2018:

The next meeting of the Scrutiny Committee is 24 May where the preliminary results of the survey will be presented and discussed.

For further information, or if you require a copy of the survey in an alternative format, please contact Bob Dawson, Officer: Policy & Scrutiny at

Publishing date: 
Tuesday, 1 May, 2018