Proposed Heliport In Penzance Receives Record Number Of Comments

A proposal to reinstate a regular scheduled helicopter service between the Isles of Scilly and the Mainland has received a record breaking number of comments.

The majority of comments for the initiative, which was announced to the public at the end of August were in favour of the service and a new heliport on Jelbert Way in Penzance.

The public consultation period has now closed. 2621 comments in support of the planning application for a new heliport have been made to Cornwall Council with 22 objections.

Will was joined by Tom Matthews, Head of Marketing for Tresco Estate for an update on the proposal. Tom said “It has been quiet literally been record breaking.”

With regards to the objections Tom said “Most of those were from people in the Penzance area who are understandably concerned about the impact of noise and things like that. We’re now at the stage where we can then respond to those concerns and say well this is your concern and this is what we’re going to do about it.” Later on Tom said “The support for this project has been incredible.”

A decision on the proposal is expected in either January or February next year and should the planning application be approved by Cornwall Council there could be a new helicopter service in operation between Scilly and the Mainland by the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.

You can hear the full interview with Tom below.