Heliport Plans Go On Display

The boss of British International Helicopters feels the company’s consultation with residents of St Erth went well.

The travel company has put plans for a new heliport, which would be sited adjacent to a road and rail park–and–ride transport hub, on display for two days this week.

Around 600 people turned out and were asked for their views. Tony Jones from BIH says it was a pretty even split with 46% for the plans and 49% against.

He said most people who are opposed to the development are unhappy on noise grounds. There are seven homes close to the proposed site and Tony says noise reduction panels would be erected and there would be restrictions on flying hours similar to the current base, with no Sunday or late night services.

He said the rest haven’t made their minds up and Tony says that statistic is pleasing because often these exercises can bring a greater percentage of objections.

Plan of proposed site for heliport in St Erth

Some of the smaller display boards showing the site design will be over here next week and paper versions of the mock–up and fact sheets will be available from John Morley’s helicopter booking counter or the helicopter desk at the airport from Monday.

The heliport will have two principal buildings; the hangar and the terminal building and will be a more modern replica of the current heliport in Penzance.

The hangar will be of a size to accommodate two Sikorsky S61N helicopters. The passenger terminal, with a floor area of 2250 sqft, will comprise check-in facilities, baggage handling area, buffet for passenger use and a safety briefing area.

The relocation of the heliport will mean BIH can directly secure 66 jobs.

Tony says letters of support will be requested from islanders and for the Sainsbury’s application to redevelop the current heliport site. His company needs the cash generated by the sale of that land to continue the service to the islands and fund the move to St Erth.

The superstore application will go to planners on 19th September with a decision expected before Christmas.

Tony says he’s pleased that Penzance Town Council voted on Wednesday night not to object to the out of town superstore plan.

You can see the plans on BIH’s website here


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