Penzance Heliport Ltd is aware that the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has been granted permission to pursue a judicial review of Cornwall Council’s unanimous planning consent for Penzance Heliport.

This is just a formality and signals nothing more than the Judge’s agreement that elements of the case may proceed to court. It is not a judgement on the worthiness of either the Steamship Company or Cornwall Council’s case.

We remain disappointed that the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has taken this move but are absolutely convinced that Cornwall Council’s decision was the right one and that this will be reflected in the outcome of the case.

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Andy · July 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

On what grounds were they granted the permission? That there is cause to investigate the notion that there can be only one transport provider for the islands?

That Mr Justice Holgate allowed this to proceed suggests that the stance by government that ‘the market will sort out all of Scilly’s transport woes’ is a flawed one. After all, how can you have a market without allowing rival companies to operate?

Pete Malcolm · August 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm

It seems very clear that the “issues” being raised by the Steamship Company are red herrings. What is undoubtedly true is that they currently enjoy a monopoly on transport to the islands. From the Steamship Company’s perspective, a judicial review extends that monopoly, at worst probably for another season, at best putting Mr Dorrien Smith off permanently.

What disgusting and contemptuous behaviour. Let us hope Mr Justice Holgate rapidly sees this for what it is.

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