MP Won’t Be Drawn On Heliport Plans

Scilly’s MP, Andrew George, says he wants the helicopter service to stay but he won’t say what he thinks about the plans to relocate the heliport from St Erth to Penzance.

Villagers there have started a protest group and opponents have signed an online petition.

Locals claim developers have not properly researched all possible sites and the proposed heliport will encroach on prime rural farmland.

They are also concerned about A30 roundabout traffic and bird and wildlife disturbance. They feel that flying an extra 5 miles each journey will also add to fuel costs.

Mr George wouldn’t tell us what he thinks about the St Erth heliport plans but has repeated that he’s not a fan of large, out-of-town supermarket developments. Part of BIH’s plan is to sell their current site to Sainbury’s.

He sits on a group that questions supermarket expansion but he won’t be drawn on what he thinks about the Eastern Green Heliport, saying his views are irrelevant and he’s not getting involved.

Elsewhere there’s better news for British International Helicopters. Mr George says it looks like the message that a new tax for business and pleasure flights, that could double the price of our helicopter service and cripple the service, has got through to Government ministers.

He says he feels “reasonably optimistic” that Justine Greening, the Treasury minister dealing with this proposed tax, understands that it shouldn’t be applied here.


6 Responses to MP Won’t Be Drawn On Heliport Plans

  1. Chodders October 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Maybe Mr George is holding back as he is secretly planning for it all to go wrong so that he has free reign to build his multi million pound monorail that will lead straight into the heart of the Mecca that is Penzance. I think on a serious note we should have helicopters that go in the opposite direction and head to Spain. Spain or Penzance…… A difficult choice that one. Though I guess Penzance has to win as Spain doesn’t have wetherspoons.

  2. Gordon Bilsborough October 7, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I agree with Stuart Moore insofar that an MP cannot please everybody all the time. My point is that Andrew ought to have the courage to say where he stands and not be ambivalent.
    Gordon Bilsborough

  3. S Moore October 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Look at it from Andrews point of view which has more votes, The Scilly Isles or the mainland. The reality of being am MP is that you can’t please all of the people all of the time (if at all) and one also has to be pragmatic if one wishes to be re-elected

  4. Gordon Bilsborough October 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Point noted. However, I would like to hear your views on the application for a helicopter base at St. Erth. I always enjoy a CONSTRUCTIVE debate.

  5. TODD October 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    All I can say is thank goodness you are not a councillor anymore Gordon! Stop your silly views and silly protest songs and ramblings and save our ears please Gordon!

  6. Gordon Bilsborough October 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

    The people of the Isles of Scilly deserve a staright answer from our MP on the proposed helicopter base at St. Erth. He claims his views are irrelevant but he sits on the group that questions the supermarket expansion at Penzance. It’s like a soldier deciding which battles he prefers to fight. Please can we have a simple straight answer for once instead of waffling speech.
    Gordon Bilsborough