The Leader of Cornwall Council has insisted that the Authority has no interest in taking over its Scilly counterpart.
Liberal Democrat Adam Paynter and Deputy Leader Julian German, an Independent, met with Councillors from the islands on Tuesday to discuss issues affecting both areas.
He told This is Scilly: "I think it's important to say that Cornwall certainly doesn't want to take over the Isles of Scilly. We're very pleased to work with you and really do what you want as far as helping you out in areas where you think we can be of assistance to you."
Cllr Robert Francis, Chair of the Isles of Scilly Council, reiterated Cllr Paynter's message in his column for the new Scilly Now & Then magazine.
He writes in the upcoming issue: "I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are absolutely not moving towards being 'taken over' by Cornwall Council. I understand that some of you may feel that is the way we are heading. It is not, and will certainly not be happening.
"We had the leaders of Cornwall Council over to meet with Members and it is not their wish either! However, there are ways we have and can work together for the good of our community in helping us deliver some services and ease some of our financial burdens as well.
"So there will be continuing collaborations where there is benefit to be gained but we will be absolutely retaining our Independence and we are able to withdraw from any of our collaborations if we so desire."