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Second meeting to discuss Land's End developments and temporary closure this year

By CMJoshBarrie  |  Posted: August 30, 2013

A second meeting is to be held next week - the airport is set to close for 22 days later this year

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A SECOND public meeting is to be held at Land’s End Airport to discuss multi-million 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 at the airport to talk over plans next week.

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 during harsher weather over the winter months.

The airport is set to close between November 9 and December 2, with flights to the islands 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 minimize 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 in both Land’s End and St Mary’s airports to strengthen links to the islands.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has spent heavily recently to develop and improve travel facilities and transportation.

The meeting will take place at the airport at 5-7.30pm on Thursday September 5.

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  • beachwalker  |  August 31 2013, 1:19PM

    The Stemship Company have now announced that Scillonian III will continue to sail until the runway re-opens - perhaps a proper announcement on their own website would make things clearer.

  • beachwalker  |  August 30 2013, 3:09PM

    Since the last scheduled sailing of Scillonian III is 2nd November I doubt that she will be "operating as normal"

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