Council Writes To Cornwall Over Newquay Airport

Newquay Cornwall airportThe chairman of Scilly’s Transport Committee has written to Cornwall Council about issues at Newquay Airport.

In the letter sent in February to Cornwall’s portfolio holder for transport, Bert Biscoe, Cllr Dudley Mumford says islanders are concerned that there are no direct public transport services linking Newquay Airport and Truro, particularly for appointments at Treliske Hospital.

And he said the £5 airport development fee at Newquay is unreasonable for islanders who have to travel frequently for health or business reasons.

Cllr Mumford has asked for a discount for elderly or disabled travellers.

However, it was revealed in last Thursday’s Transport Committee meeting that Cllr Biscoe has failed to respond to the letter, sent almost two months ago.

Spokesman George Pearson from the Council of the Isles of Scilly said that, although they’ve yet to receive a reply, they anticipate this may be due to the impending local elections, adding that the issues raised in the letter are still relevant.

“There have been substantial changes in the political leadership of Cornwall Council in recent months together with an appointment of an interim Chief Executive,” says Mr Pearson.

“We understand Cornwall Council have plenty of issues demanding their attention, transport being just one of them. The Council will contact Cornwall Council in the near future regarding the matters contained in the letter.”

We asked Cornwall Council for a comment but they decided not to respond.

This is at odds with an interview given to Radio Scilly last week regarding the on-going quay project, in which Cllr Biscoe said it was important for the mainland, “to recognise their responsibility to the islands” and for Scilly to, “remain in communication” with Cornwall.



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