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Supporting St Helena

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Meg recently brought together Peter Allport, a director of Shelco (St Helena Leisure Corporation) and Anne Snelgrove, MP for Swindon where many UK residents from St Helena live. The object of the meeting was to discuss the decision by the UK Government to stop negotiations about building an airport on the island.


Nearly a decade ago discussions started about building such an airport, which would not only open up access but provide opportunities for careful development of a tourist industry. In December the Government announced that negotiations on the airport were being paused.


St Helena is a UK Overseas Territory situated in the South Atlantic. One of the most isolated islands in the world being approximately 1400 miles west of Walvis Bay in Namibia, 1800 miles east of Recife in Brazil and 700 miles south of Ascension Island. The only way to get there is via sea, and the island is served by the specially-designed RMS St Helena.


Peter Allport explained his concerns about the pause in negotiations. His company have been working for years developing proposals that could transform the economic prospects for the island, which currently relies on UK support. Shelco’s proposals would promote commercial fishing, as well as high value, low volume tourism. He is worried that failure to go ahead with the airport project will mean that private investment and interest will disappear.


Meg and Anne Snelgrove agreed to press Government Ministers to resume the project.

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Meg with Peter Allport and Anne Snelgrove MP.

Meg with Peter Allport and Anne Snelgrove MP.

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