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Public thought on the future of airport

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

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A SECOND public meeting is to be held at Land's End Airport to discuss multimillion-pound developments, with the site set to close temporarily later this year.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company is inviting residents, businesses and anyone interested in works to attend a consultation to talk over plans at 5pm today.

Earlier this summer the company announced intentions to harden two of the four grass runways with tarmac to ensure a more reliable service is run, particularly over the winter months.

The airport is set to close between November 9 and December 2, with flights to the Isles of Scilly leaving from Newquay over that time. The Scillonian ferry will operate as normal.

The design team and site staff will be on hand at the forum to outline the planned changes and hear thoughts from outside.

Airport manager Chris Pearson said it will be another opportunity to hear public thoughts and underline the reasons behind the closure.

"This is the second open meeting we have had with the local community," he said.

"We are aiming to complete the project as quickly as possible and have timed the work to minimise disruption.

"This is a significant investment and combined with the proposed enhancements to St Mary's Airport will make the air links to the islands significantly more robust, especially during poor weather."

Subject to formal agreement, the works are expected to be part-funded by up to £1.2 million of European funding – as part of a proposed £6.5 million investment at both airports.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has recently developed travel facilities and transportation.

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