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Plans for St Erth Heliport Scrapped
5:02pm 11th November 2011
(Updated 5:02pm 11th November 2011)
British International scraps plans for a heliport at St Erth.
It wants to move the Isles of Scilly link from Penzance.
But campaigners are worried about the noise and pollution.
Now bosses say they are going to check out other options.
Managing Director Tony Jones says:
"Our investigations tell us St Erth is the most suitable available site in Cornwall for a new heliport, however we are prepared to review again any other potentially suitable sites in West Cornwall."
"We need to relocate so we can maintain the link with the Isles of Scilly which is critical for the Islands' economy. It is used not just by tourists but by Island residents who require year-round reliable transport to and from the mainland for commercial and domestic reasons."
"It is also very important to British International to be a good neighbour within the community. That is why, after extensive discussions with a range of stakeholders, including Cornwall Council officers, we have made the decision to withdraw this application."
"We will now be working closely with a number of stakeholders to carry out a thorough and detailed review of other potential sites. In the meantime I would like to reassure passengers that we will continue to fly out of the Penzance Heliport until June 2012 and, if necessary, have agreement to fly from Newquay Airport ensuring the service is not disrupted."
"We have been operating the helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly continuously since 1964 and we are committed to
doing all we can to continue running this service in the future, provided we have broad stakeholder support and a financially viable operation"
Managing Director at Newquay Airport Al Titterington says:
“BIH already have their aircraft maintenance and Navy support contracts based at the Airport and these discussions would expand BIH service delivery at Newquay”
“Passenger services operating from the Airport would obviously bring increased passengers further underlining Newquay Cornwall Airport importance as the gateway for air services to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
"We will work closely with BIH to ensure that such a move to Newquay would be seamless and that their customers have as little inconvenience as possible”.
5:02pm 11th November 2011
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