St Erth says no to heliport plans
ST ERTH Parish Council is set to object to plans for a new heliport in the village following a lively meeting last night.
Nearly 300 anti-helicopter protesters had their say at a public meeting held at the parish church.
The proposal to move the Isles of Scilly helicopter link, which is operated by British International Helicopters (BIH), from Penzance to a site near the railway station has sparked a massive campaign in and around the village.
Last night a meeting, which finished at 12.30am, heard from dozens of concerned residents who voiced their fears over noise, smell, traffic, health and safety, devaluation of property values, effects on the natural environment and sustainability.
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Afterwards, seven members of the parish council agreed to send their strongest possible objection to Cornwall Council.
The meeting was attended by Michael Sendall from Highways, Peter Bainbridge from Cornwall Council's planning and regeneration, BIH managing director Tony Jones, planning consultant Simon Coles and noise specialist Nigel Mann from WYG and Karen White from JBP communications.
Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee is expected to consider the application on December 15.
See next week's Cornishman for a full report and photos.