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PHOTOS: Penzance WILL get a new heliport

PHOTOS: Penzance WILL get a new heliport

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:51am 2nd August 2018. (Updated at 7:02pm 2nd August 2018)

A new heliport for Penzance has been given the go ahead.

Cornwall Council has approved plans to bring back a helicopter service from the town to the Isles of Scilly.

State-of-the-art helicopters will operate from the new site to the islands of St Mary’s and Tresco.

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

Penzance Heliport will operate up to 17 return flights per day throughout the year.

The majority of flights will operate to St Mary’s and the service will also reinstate a direct connection to the island of Tresco.

Bosses say it will help grow the islands’ visitor economy.

“We hope today’s decision marks the start of a new era for transport to the Isles of Scilly; an era of improved resilience, of increased capacity, of improved accessibility, of genuine competition, and a new era of honest cooperation for the good of the islands.

“We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past two years. Today’s result is testament to the overwhelming public support for this project, and to the hard work, dedication and perseverance of so many people.

"To everybody who has signed the petition, cast their vote in the independent survey, submitted comments to Cornwall Council, or simply told us of their support for this project – thank you.

“We now look forward to moving ahead with this vital project which will make the Isles of Scilly a better place to live, visit and work.”

Robert Dorrien-Smith from Penzance Heliport

Penzance Heliport Ltd
The helicopters that will fly from Penzance Heliport to the Isles of Scilly

Flights will operate 7 days per week, but the Penzance Heliport team has offered to reduce its proposed Sunday flying schedule by half, to a maximum of 4 return flights, to minimise the impact on local residents.

The service will operate using the state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter, with seating for 15 passengers and a 20 kg luggage allowance. The flight to the islands will take just 15 minutes.

The helicopter service will be operated by Sloane Helicopters.

Bosses say the heliport site, off Jelbert Way close to the former heliport site, will provide significant benefits for passengers.

It is located adjacent to the A30 and just one mile from Penzance railway station.

The site’s location near sea level in Penzance will help improve the weather resilience of air links to the Isles of Scilly.

It is estimated the project will unlock £31 million of private investment in the Isles of Scilly, stimulate £10 million of economic activity in West Cornwall and provide around 30 permanent jobs.

A spokesman for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group said:“We note the outcome of the Strategic Planning Committee and will comment in due course once we have had the opportunity to review in detail the committee’s deliberations and decision.”

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