Plans For New Penzance Heliport Announced
A new helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly is coming a step closer following the announcement today of a £2m private-sector investment plan.
And a planning application for a new heliport on Jelbert Way, Penzance, is expected to be submitted this autumn, following a public event to discuss the plans in September.
The proposed location is close to the site of the former BIH heliport on Eastern Green where a helicopter service to St Mary’s and Tresco operated for 48 years, before being closed down in October 2012.
Robert Dorien-Smith, the owner of Tresco Estate and an Isles of Scilly councillor is one of the investors in Penzance Heliport Ltd.
Robert said: “The reinstatement of the popular and efficient helicopter service will provide a much needed injection of confidence and opportunity into the economies of both the Isles of Scilly and west Cornwall.”
Robert added that helicopters can operate in poorer visibility and fly at a lower level than other aircraft, offering better access and flexibility for those visiting, working and living on the islands.
The new helicopter service will be operated by modern AgustaWestland AW139 15-seater helicopters, which are quieter and faster than other models, and are equipped with state-of-the-art navigation systems.
But gaining planning approval for a new heliport won’t be easy.
Former helicopter service operator BIH had planned to build a new heliport at St Erth following the sale of the Eastern Green site to Sainsbury.
But they abandoned the application in November 2011 following strong opposition from local residents.
There will be a public exhibition, where islanders can find out more about the helicopter service, on Friday 16th September from 12.30pm to 3pm at The Old Weslyan Chapel. A similar event will be held in Penzance’s Acorn Theatre on 8th September.
More information about the project is available at www.penzanceheliport.co.uk.