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Penzance public meeting planned over Heliport

It is hoped that a public meeting will be held in Penzance prior to Cornwall Council's decision on a new heliport in the town.

The amended Penzance Heliport planning application is expected to be heard by the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) on July 26th.

The public meeting is scheduled to be held at St John’s Hall in Penzance at 6pm on Monday July 23rd. Members of the SPC will be in attendance.

Cornwall Council Principal Development Officer Peter Bainbridge, who is in charge of the application, told This is Scilly that the dates of the committee meeting and public meeting are pencilled in but not yet confirmed.

If the public meeting goes ahead, it will be "an opportunity for any member of the public to address the committee" and give their views on the proposals, he said.

The decision on the planning application was previously deferred from June 28th after requests for further information.

Marian Bennett said in the latest Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport (FRIST) newsletter: "Provided there is a representative audience, SPC members will learn just how much support there is for the re-establishment of the Penzance Heliport."

Her comment follows a claim by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group that "only 3.2% of the population of Penzance has backed plans for a new heliport" after it analysed the petition started by islander Sam Mallon.


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