MP Hopeful Final Heliport Judicial Review Can Be Removed

Penzance heliport

Scilly’s MP Andrew George says he’s hopeful that an agreement can be reached which will remove the remaining judicial review that hangs over the sale of the Penzance heliport site and which was one of the reasons why BIH decided to end services.

The objection, lodged by former Steamship Company boss Charlie Cartwright, was against Cornwall Council’s decision to allow planning consent for a change of use from a heliport to a superstore, with no provision for a future helicopter site.

The MP says he is pleased that Cornwall Council appear willing to meet with Mr Cartwright’s legal team and Andrew hopes the challenge can be negotiated away.

If that obstacle is removed, he says BIH’s intentions will be clear.

He’s not aware of any serious plans by any new operator to take up the route, but he doubts whether anyone would “show their hand at this stage” while BIH are still operating.

Andrew says it’s early days for that, with the judicial review still standing. “We’re not at the end game yet,” he says, but he admits securing the route is “an uphill struggle” and he’s trying to remain optimistic.