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POLL: Decision d-day for Penzance heliport

POLL: Decision d-day for Penzance heliport

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:27am 2nd August 2018. (Updated at 8:28am 2nd August 2018)

A Pirate FM poll is asking whether a new heliport to link Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly should go ahead.

A bid to build one at Penzance goes before the council's planning committee on Thursday.

That is despite last-ditch calls to stop the meeting amid noise pollution fears and that rival service launching from Land's End.

Tom Matthews speaks for Tresco and the group behind the bid, 'Penzance Heliport', and calls it vital.

"We want to make life better on the Isles of Scilly for our islanders, primarily, our visitors and the businesses on the islands.

"We want to do that through improving the resilience of transport to the Isles of Scilly throughout the year, particularly in the winter when there's no back-up for the Scillonian ferry.

"We want to increase capacity, we want to improve the accessibility of transport links to the islands and increase genuine competition in the market.

"All of that, we believe, will help to grow the economy of the Isles of Scilly but also the economy of Penzance and west Cornwall because they're linked economies".

Why do campaigners believe it should not go ahead?

Campaign group, 'Stop the Chop' is concerned about noise pollution in the area and surrounding villages.

"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

Cornwall Council says Thursday's meeting will take that into account but it is still going ahead.

"We have been made aware of the call to postpone the meeting, however the meeting will still be going ahead as planned.

"Various reports have been submitted as part of this application and the Strategic Planning Committee will weigh up this information as part of its debate.

"We are confident that we have sufficient information for members to make a decision though the final decision rests with the committee".

Cornwall Council

Do you think the Penzance Heliport should be given the go ahead? Have your say in our Pirate FM poll below.

Is Penzance Heliport a good thing for Cornwall and Scilly?

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