PLANS TO REINSTATE ISLES OF SCILLY HELICOPTER SERVICE
Plans are underway for the reinstatement of the popular scheduled helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly.
The plans include a £2 million investment for a replacement heliport to be built on Jelbert Way, Penzance, adjacent to the site of the former heliport on Eastern Green.
A planning application will be submitted on 30th September following public consultation events in St Mary's and Penzance and a decision is expected in early 2017.
The project will be privately funded and it is hoped to be completed in early 2018.
Connecting Penzance with St Mary’s and Tresco will be market-leading and modern AW139 15-seater helicopters. Renowned for being quieter and faster than other models, they are also equipped with state-of-the-art navigation systems.
“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,” commented Robert Dorrien-Smith, one of the investors in Penzance Heliport Ltd.
Robert added: “Since the Penzance to Isles of Scilly helicopter service ceased we have received continuous requests for its return. The helicopters, thanks to lower level flying, can operate in poorer visibility, and therefore it will not only provide greater transport options, it will also provide better access and flexibility for those visiting, working and living on the islands.”
Derek Thomas, MP for St Ives & Isles of Scilly, adds: “After months of very careful planning and consideration we now have a genuine commitment and proposal to reinstate the helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. I am in full support because this investment will be a significant boost for our economy, both in west Cornwall and on Scilly, and help to address many of the concerns that people on the islands have regarding transport, particularly during winter months.”
A spokesperson for the Duchy of Cornwall, said: "The Duchy of Cornwall welcomes investment to support and enhance transport to and from The Isles of Scilly. The Duchy is always keen to see access improved for visitors and those involved in the islands’ growing businesses."
There will be a public consultation event for islanders on Friday 16th September, from 12.30pm – 3pm at The Old Weslyan Chapel, St Mary’s.
Local Penzance residents and businesses are invited to view and discuss plans with the developer, Tresco Estate, and the project consultants, WYG, between 2pm and 8pm on Thursday, 8th September at the Acorn Theatre, Parade Street, Penzance.
More information about the project is available at www.penzanceheliport.co.uk.
Helicopter services to the Isles of Scilly started in 1963 from Land’s End aerodrome and relocated to Eastern Green, Penzance in 1964, where the service (under several ownerships) operated until 2012.