Preparations Begin For St Mary’s Runway Resurfacing Work

airport runwayWork has started on a construction compound at Parting Carn, which will be used by the runway resurfacing contractor, Lagan Construction Ltd of Belfast, working with the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

Planning permission was given earlier this month for the work, which involved stripping back topsoil, supervised by an archaeologist from Cornwall Council.

In a combined statement, the Council and Lagan Construction say the shipping phase is about to commence and will take approximately six weeks, with the target to complete before the World Pilot Gig Championships in May.

The items to be shipped are in two categories – plant and materials such as bitumen and aggregates.

The plant will be shipped on landing craft shuttling backwards and forwards to and from Newlyn to St Mary’s, where they’ll unload mainly on Porthmellon beach. A few of the more delicate and initial loads will be going via the Rechabite slip.

Arrangements are being made for the initial loads to arrive in St Mary’s this coming Monday and continuing through the next week.

As plant and equipment is being transported from throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland, Northern England and Wales, the logistics are complicated and a further briefing will be given shortly to advise of the order of the loads arriving during the course of the next couple of weeks.

Details of the material deliveries and unloading will also be given then and regular updates will be announced on Radio Scilly and ScillyToday.

The St Mary’s Runway Resurfacing Project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013 and the Regional Growth Fund.
 
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