The man who wants to become Scilly’s first Green MP at the next election believes efforts to improve our transport links should focus on the sea route.
Tim Andrewes is on a two-day visit to the islands and spoke to Radio Scilly yesterday about his policies.
It’s the second time that Tim has stood for the St Ives seat. He came fifth in the last election but he says the Greens have made big strides in the area since then.
He became Cornwall’s first Green councillor two years ago, the region now has a Green MEP and he says the party’s first MP, Caroline Lucas, has also been getting a positive response.
“People are looking for alternatives to the mainstream politics that everyone is fed up with,” says Tim.
And he says they’ve realised that the Greens aren’t just focused on a single issue – the environment.
The party’s policies also cover areas like social justice and caring for the vulnerable, says Tim.
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Green Party Candidate Tim Andrews Talks To Radio Scilly
He’s currently Cornwall Council’s Vice Chairman of Transport, and he says he’d like to find solutions to Scilly’s transport problems that are as environmentally friendly as possible, but still work for islanders.
For him, that means the focus should be on an all-year round boat service, carrying both passengers and freight, rather than a new helicopter link.
He admits that in economic terms, the helicopter would be more attractive for visitors. But he says there are downsides in terms of environmental impact and it could weaken the viability of our other transport links.
Tim also believes that some of the rules on state aid need to be “bent” to help support our transport.
And while he feels the Steamship Company aren’t taking advantage of their monopoly position on the routes, he says that needs to be “watch closely” to ensure it doesn’t disadvantage passengers in the future.
Tim says waste recycling has been a “hot issue” when he’s spoken to islanders.
He believes the islands need to think radically about their approach to this with other local authorities committed to producing ‘zero waste’ in the future.
He feels there’s room for improvement in Scilly, but it’s down to the Council to make that happen, he says.
Tim has picked up on some dissatisfaction with Scilly’s Council from local voters, but says the same is happening on the mainland too.
But he doesn’t believe that the Authority would be better merged into Cornwall.
He says while there’s room for more collaboration between the two councils, decisions are often better off made at the local level.
In Penwith, there are still people who “feel aggrieved” that decisions are being made in Truro following Cornwall’s merger into a unitary authority, he says.
“The further away decisions are made, the more disconnected electors feel,” says Tim.