Plans For Hard Runway At Land’s End To Go On Display

lands end airportPlans to hard surface the runway at Land’s End airport will be on display this Wednesday.

During the winter there was widespread disruption to services because the grass runway became waterlogged. The airport was closed for almost three months.

It’s hoped that runway experts URS, who will be resurfacing St Mary’s airport this summer, will be able to lay tarmac to prevent future travel disruption caused by extended periods of rain.

It is thought that planning permission won’t be needed and the work can be undertaken under so-called permitted development rights.

Skybus management hope the exhibition will show locals what’s proposed and avoid calls for an environmental assessment and lengthy planning process. But some neighbours are worried about the effects of water run-off from the hard surface.

Concern over the impact on flora, like wild orchids has also been voiced.

If the work goes ahead most of it would happen at the weekends. Chief Executive Jeff Marston says a four-weekend schedule is estimated.

The Islands Council has worked with the Steamship Company to find grant funding but planning matters need to be resolved before grants can be accessed.

The sessions will run between 5.00pm and 7.30pm at Land’s End airport on Wednesday.