Telling the story of the Council of the Isles of Scilly: read our Corporate Narrative and let your Councillors know if they’re on the right track


At the meeting of Full Council in July, Councillors approved a corporate narrative to summarise the origins of the Council, what they consider the Council’s role to be and what they think the community expects from them in this role.

The narrative has been published in the Council and Democracy section of our website (linked at the top of this page) so anyone who wishes to find out more about the Council can be directed to it. Paper copies will also be distributed in the paper shop and at our reception points at the Library and Carn Gwaval, and can be requested from any of your Councillors.

The narrative was drafted in response to a recommendation from the Local Government Association following a Corporate Peer Challenge undertaken in October 2022. It is a reflection of what the current set of Councillors believe to be important about the council in relation to the needs of those who live, work and visit the islands, both historically and in its current capacity.

Cllr Robert Francis, Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly said: “Residents may remember being consulted on the development of the Corporate Plan 2022-2026 and wonder why we think this narrative is a necessary addition to it. The Corporate Plan sets out our aspirations for the Council and the principles we will work to over a 4-year period and is supported by a Delivery Plan which translates how these objectives will be delivered by officers in that time. The idea of the corporate narrative is to draw attention to the Council itself, the reasons for its establishment in the first place and its ongoing importance to the community. We recognise the need to preserve a viable, well-functioning authority for future generations, which means that the council deserves to be treated as a project in its own right. We hope that this narrative will serve as a reminder of this and that if you agree with the sentiments expressed, you will let us know whether we’re succeeding."

Cllr Steve Watt, who took the lead on the process for drafting the narrative said: “This narrative will be a useful common reference point for members as we continue to try and meet the needs of our community, as well as for our officer colleagues and the wider public. Thank you to the Local Government Association for helping us to collectively reflect on why the Council is here and what we need to safeguard for our community.” 

Publishing date: 
Tuesday, 29 August, 2023