BIH withdraws its St Erth planning application
BRITISH International Helicopters (BIH) has today announced it will withdraw its planning application to relocate its services from Penzance to St Erth.
The decision follows a lively public meeting held last week during which furious residents vented their anger at the proposals to build a heliport in the village.
BIH said it was working in consultation with its stakeholders such as Cornwall Council and the Isles of Scilly Council, to ensure all possible alternative sites in west Cornwall are investigated to ensure the link with the Isles of Scilly is retained on a site that is both suitable and commercially viable.
BIH managing director Tony Jones said: "Our investigations tell us St Erth is the most suitable available site in Cornwall for a new heliport, however we are prepared to review again any other potentially suitable sites in west Cornwall.
"It is also very important to British International to be a good neighbour within the community. That is why we have made the decision to withdraw this application."
The company said it will continue to fly out of the Penzance Heliport until June 2012 and, if necessary, has an agreement to fly from Newquay airport ensuring the service is not disrupted.
Cornwall Airport confirmed it is currently in discussions with BIH over the potential relocation of the passenger service to Newquay.
Al Titterington, the managing director of Newquay Cornwall Airport, said the Airport will support the BIH passenger services to the Isles of Scilly while the company carried out a further review of other potentially suitable sites in West Cornwall.
He added: "BIH already has their aircraft maintenance and Navy support contracts based at the Airport and these discussions would expand BIH service delivery at Newquay."