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Views sought on £1.8m runway investment

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

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LAND'S END Airport has hosted a second meeting with members of the public from across west Penwith to discuss a £1.8 million investment.

Forced to close the airport for 56 days over the winter, bosses say improvements to two of its four runways are needed to ensure flights can continue in harsh weather.

Airport manager Chris Pearson invited stakeholders and figures from the community to the consultation to see where the money would be spent and why further development was needed.

Mr Pearson said half the funding would come from the European Regional Development Fund, adding that the mainland air link was vital for the Isles of Scilly, especially since the helicopter service was withdrawn.

Under the plans two of the runways would be hardened so flights between the islands and the mainland would have less of a chance of being affected by waterlogged ground.

"We couldn't take the risk of not being open for an extended period again," he said. "We're now the lifeline; we've become an essential link. We're the main form of transport for post, passengers, newspapers and the NHS."

Mr Pearson said early feedback had been positive, with only a few of the 50-plus guests outwardly opposing the plan.

Airport bosses say they hope the project will begin in autumn, and will be carried out with the islands' council.

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  • josdave  |  June 27 2013, 2:48PM

    I agree with wringer Newquay airport should not be subsidised by those taxpayers who are never likely to use it and it is supposed to be a private company. Links to the Isles of Scilly are much more important.

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  • wringer  |  June 27 2013, 11:01AM

    If the council can afford to subsidise Newquay airport to the tune of £3,000,000 every single year then I would sooner see that subsidy cut next year and the money go to this project which is a vital link and life line to the islands. some hard choices are going to need to be made next year. I just hope the council cut newquay's subsidy and put it where its really needed.

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  • BradleyJJS  |  June 27 2013, 9:50AM

    The council needs to get real with the money they have or after the announcement yesterday the lack of funds they have. Core services before these limited appeal items

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