Questions Over Cornwall Council’s Support For Land’s End Airport

lands end airport signThe islands’ MP says he’s backing plans to hard surface the runway at Land’s End Airport as he believes most islanders would rather fly there than Newquay.

The Council is working with the Steamship Company, who owns the airport, to try and secure around £1.5m of funding to harden the grass runway. It can become waterlogged in heavy rain and caused the closure of the airport for several weeks last winter.

But Andrew George says he is aware of suggestions that Cornwall Council, who operate the loss-making Newquay airport, are not supportive of proposals to upgrade Land’s End runway.

In a recent newsletter, the Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport group referred to the different agenda of Cornwall Council in seeking to maintain the viability of its own Newquay airport.

Newquay received a £3.6m subsidy from ratepayers in 2011 and without significant Council support, its future would be uncertain.

Mr George says the issue is on his radar and he has raised it with Cornwall Council. He added that where European funds are involved, Cornwall needs to let the best interests of the community be advanced.

Cornwall Council issued a statement to Radio Scilly saying that, as Land’s End is a privately run airport, it is the responsibility of the owners to arrange finance for surfacing the runway.

They say they have not received any request for assistance with this project and any grant investment would require a detailed business case to be submitted.

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