The Steamship Company supports the democratic right of residents living on the Isles of Scilly to campaign on issues they passionately care about, including petitioning local voters. And we are grateful for Mr and Mrs Stedeford’s kind words for the Steamship Company’s wider work.

However, Cornwall Council has a duty of care to residents living in and around Penzance. Despite this application first being lodged in October 2016, our previous analysis of supporter data has found that just 3.2% of residents living in Penzance have registered their support for the new heliport via an online petition. And the location of nearly three-quarters of supporters registered via Cornwall Council’s planning portal cannot be identified. In the last six weeks, opposition to the heliport has more than tripled from 60 to 194 individuals registering their legitimate concerns on a range of issues related to the proposed development.

Like all stakeholders we want to see a resilient and reliable transport network which is why we started Island Helicopters in May and have a three year contract in place for a scheduled helicopter service from Land’s End Airport to the Isles of Scilly, complementing our fixed wing and sea services.