Residents on the Isles of Scilly have been told they face a 45 million pound bill to upgrade their water and sewerage system - to bring them in line with European standards.
Leading councillors on the islands warned today about the impact on tourism - and said water bills could soar - unless alternative funding can be found.
The local council has written to every household on the islands about the proposals.
Two men who have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean have arrived at St Mary's on the Scillies. Elliott Dale and Chris 'Darby' Walters set off on Saturday, 7th June from New York. They're raising money for Children's Hospice South West.
They'll become only the second pair to complete the journey and will also set a new Ocean Rowing Record. So far they've raised more than £100,000. The charity has three hospices in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and provides care and support to families of children with life-limiting illnesses across the South West.
*Video shows Elliott Dale and Chris Walters leaving New York. Pictures couresy Children's Hospice SW.
A pioneering project is underway to make the Isles of Scilly some of the best connected islands in the world.Read the full story ›
A giant cable is being laid to give the Isles of Scilly Superfast Broadband. Engineers are using a ship moored off St Mary's to bring a 60 kilometre cable to the shore.
It will be connected to a high speed line that runs from Cornwall to Spain deep under the sea
It will mean islanders have much faster internet access.
Jeremy Steventon-Barnes from BT says the cable will be buried out of the way, deep in the sand.
An inspirational West Country artist has broken with convention and created his own unique outdoor art trail on the Isles of Scilly.
And, as Kathy Wardle has been finding out, Anthony Garratt's huge landscapes really capture the dramatic scenery on the island of Tresco.
A scheme to improve the runway at Land's End and upgrade facilities at St Mary's airports is hoped to boost tourism on the Isles of Scilly.Read the full story ›
The go ahead has finally been given for 9 million pounds worth of improvements to the airports at Land's End and the Isles of Scilly.
Work to hard surface the runway at Land's End and upgrade navigation aids at St.Mary's had been delayed until it was approved by the EU.
The European Commission says the improvements will increase the accessibility to the Cornwall region, a key part of Europe’s transport policy. It's hoped it will also help the Scillies in its bid to tackle a worrying decline in tourism.
The World Pilot Gig Championships started on the Isles of Scilly this evening. 3000 rowers are on the islands for the bank holiday weekend: a thousand more than the number of people living there. The event is in its 25th year, and a record 150 boats are taking part.
The World Gig Championships are taking place this weekend on the Isles of Scilly.
147 gigs are taking part in the three day event at St Marys, which is now in its 25th year. The first races get underway this evening.