Statement from the Chairman of Council

On 26 January 2017 the Council of the Isles of Scilly unanimously passed a motion of support for a planning application to re-establish a heliport at Penzance.

The Council of the Isles of Scilly's position is unchanged and the authority remains fully supportive of the planning application, irrespective of subsequent events.

Frequent weather related disruptions continue to occur, which expose the lack of resilience in the current air transport offer. Furthermore, there have been many instances when Islanders and our visitors have been unable to travel due to capacity issues, not air traffic constraints. Most importantly, those from our community with health issues frequently miss mainland health appointments.

The Council of the Isles of Scilly will be encouraging initiatives to help develop a strong, affordable and resilient passenger and freight offer for the Island community and our visitors, year round.

An increase in capacity, competition and a choice of operators is key to a vibrant growing economic environment on the Islands and in West Cornwall.

Ted Moulson 
Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly

Publishing date: 
Wednesday, 12 July, 2017