Council Requests Meeting With Helicopter Company

The Town Hall

The Council is to request a meeting with the Chairman of British International Helicopters to discuss future plans.

Council Chief Executive, Philip Hygate, told yesterday’s Transport Committee meeting that he met with Cornwall planners last week.

They are reviewing at least one potential heliport site in West Cornwall following the company’s decision to drop their St Erth application after widespread local opposition.

Philip said the company was in a “precarious state of commercial discussion with a landowner” and he was hoping they would clarify the situation soon.

The BIH public relations agency wouldn’t comment on suggestions that the company was investigating a location close to their current Eastern Green site.

Councillor Fred Ticehurst said there had been a lack of communication and he felt the management of the process has been poor.

Dudley Munford said there was real concern about the proposed temporary move to Newquay within the community.

Members heard Penzance operations will cease on 30th June although Chairman Mike Hicks had been assured that they would continue from Penzance until the end of September.

Brian Lowen quoted their company website which stated fares would remain at 2012 Penzance prices after the move to Newquay.

Passengers who would be using the service during the change over would park at Newquay and take a shuttle bus to Penzance.

The company will also run a minibus to Newquay station but the meeting heard that there are just four trains connecting to the mainline each day.

Marian Bennett felt a letter of support should be sent to helicopter company executives and Richard McCarthy wanted the Council to write asking them to extend their Penzance operations to the end of the summer season, as he felt a change over at the start of July would cause considerable disruption.

We’ve been unable to make contact with the Chief Executive of BIH in the past two days.