At September’s meeting of Full Council, it was reported that the structure of the museum building is considered beyond practical and economic repair based on the most recent surveys. Members have therefore agreed to seek vacant possession of the building with a view to its demolition.
The Council is committed to progressing this work in a way that minimises, so far as is practical, the disruption on those occupying the building and the Isles of Scilly Museum Association. All parties immediately affected by this decision have been informed.
We will now carry out an options analysis on the future of the site and how it may be redeveloped. We will also work with the Museum Association and other potential stakeholders in seeking a long term solution for the provision of a museum on St Mary’s.
Councillor Steve Sims, Lead Member for Place, commented: “it is regrettable that we have had to come to this decision, but we consider it in the best long-term interests of the community and those occupying the building. I’d like to assure everyone that we will provide all reasonable assistance to those with an interest in the building. We also recognise the value of the museum to the community and our visitors and will support the association in finding a solution that better meets their needs.”