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Decision due on Penzance Heliport

Decision due on Penzance Heliport

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:21pm 1st August 2018. (Updated at 4:08pm 1st August 2018)

There are calls to cancel a meeting that will decide the future of a new heliport for Penzance.

A new service was already launched from Land's End to the Isles of Scilly back in May.

The Island Helicopters, run by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, fly to St Mary's.

But after years of campaigning, Penzance Heliport Ltd still wants a separate heliport built in Penzance, which would operate services to Tresco too.

A planning meeting is due to be held on Thursday 2nd August but group 'Stop the Chop' is demanding that it is pushed back.

But Cornwall Council says it will go head as planned.

"This is not a heliport being dropped into an area that is unpopulated, there are lots of people likely to be affected by it. This is a really serious health issue.

"Noise at the levels this heliport is going to produce will undermine people's health, once they understand that, T think opposition for this scheme will grow.

"Penzance  is not overwhelmingly in support of this scheme, opinions are evenly split, noise is very, very big issue.

"Within just a few hundred metres of the heliport there is a primary school, there are hundreds of houses, a community garden, which in its own words, provides a sanctuary to vulnerable adults and children."

Spokesperson John Maggs

The protesters fear that a heliport in the town will contribute to air pollution and cause noise disruption to the local community.

"As a number of speakers pointed out it is now essential that Cornwall Council pause the planning process to ensure that the issues raised, and in particular the issue of noise and its impact on the residents of Penzance, are properly and independently assessed.

"Anything less than this risks a decision by the Council that is subsequently challenged in the courts, something that I am sure all involved would prefer to avoid."

Dr Mark Russell, Stop the Chop

The planning meeting was originally meant to be held on the 28th June but that was delayed after requests for more information.

The £2m Penzance Heliport Ltd project is being led by Robert Dorrien-Smith, the owner of tresco.

The bosses behind it say it will improve resilience, choice and accessibility, improving life for the islanders and visitors of the Isles of Scilly and helping grow the economy on the islands and in west Cornwall.

"The Council of the Isles of Scilly fully endorses the planning application for Penzance Heliport.

"The Council realises a thriving island community requires an excellent transport infrastructure and is focused on promoting transport that is reliable, resilient and integrated.

"Our community is without a transport provision that is fit for purpose.

"We thank the people here for your support.

"You have the opportunity to watch the islands struggle, or you can help us and benefit from our future."

Robert Francis, Chair of the Council of the Isles of Scilly

"We fully support the heliport and recognise the importance of the project to Penzance and the Isles of Scilly.

"We believe it is in the interests of both communities to have a reliable service that offers residents and holidaymakers and alternative transport method between the mainland and the islands."

Nick Hood, Chair of Penzance Business Improvement District

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