European Funding Announced as Heliport Groundwork Underway
European funding worth £1.8 million has been confirmed for Penzance Heliport as work begins on restoring the helicopter link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly.
The scheme will receive support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which aims to support smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. ERDF funding has previously supported other Isles of Scilly infrastructure projects including airport redevelopment at Land’s End and St Mary’s and quay upgrades at
The remainder of the £4.3 million project costs will be from private investment, with Tresco Estate and the Dorrien-Smith family the largest investors.
Penzance Heliport will reinstate the air link between
Robert Dorrien-Smith from Penzance Heliport Ltd said: “We’re delighted the Isles of Scilly will once again benefit from European investment in its transport infrastructure. This European funding, alongside the record support from islanders, visitors, businesses and agencies on the islands and further afield, shows the importance of Penzance Heliport to the future growth of the Isles of Scilly.”
Preparation work has now commenced on the site at
The preparatory works include drainage and the removal of a section of hedge to allow for the helicopter landing area. The removed sections of hedge will be replaced by almost four times as much similar habitat.
Following a competitive tender process,
Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly Councillor Robert Francis said: “Excellent transport infrastructure is vital to the social and economic future of our islands. Today’s announcement of European support for Penzance Heliport will further strengthen our island transport links for a thriving island community.”
Penzance Heliport will help extend the visitor season and make access to essential services easier for islanders throughout the year. A study found the investment will also help unlock £31 million of private investment in the Isles of Scilly, stimulate £10 million of economic activity in
Mayor of Penzance Councillor Dick Cliffe said: “There is enormous support in Penzance for the return of the helicopter between
David Jackson, Executive Director for the Islands’ Partnership tourism body, said: “The
Helicopter flights from Penzance Heliport will operate to St Mary’s and Tresco using a state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter operated by Sloane Helicopters. The new heliport, just 200 metres from the previous site, will provide excellent road and rail connectivity and enhanced resilience and reliability.
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