Penzance Town Council says the town is the ‘obvious choice’ for a heliport to serve the Isles of Scilly.
In a statement to Cornwall Council in early February, the Town Council states Penzance has significant benefits for a helicopter service, including its weather resilience, accessibility and 48 year history of successful helicopter operations.
The statement forms Penzance Town Council’s formal submission to Cornwall Council as part of the consultation on the amended Penzance Heliport planning application.
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You can read the full statement below:
The re-establishment of a scheduled helicopter service from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly is strategically vital to the island economy and the long term sustainability of the island community. The service provides substantial economic benefits to Penzance and West Penwith.
The island economy has not recovered from the closure of the previous helicopter service on 31 Oct 2012 after 48 years of operation. At a time when Cornwall is booming as a tourism destination the IOS is stagnating because of the capacity limits of the remaining transport links and the dependence upon the weather dependent, fixed wing Skybus service in the winter months.
The drop in passenger trips to the islands (~50,000/year from pre-recession levels) cannot reasonably be made good by expanding operations at Lands End Airport to include a heliport because Lands End Airport is in an AONB, is seriously affected by weather and is only accessible from Penzance via a narrow, winding, 8 mile country road.
Penzance has a track record of successful heliport operations stretching over 48 years. The proximity of the heliport to a mainline railway station, the A30 and the ferry terminal make it the obvious choice.
– Penzance Town Council, February 2018
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