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Great Yarmouth Harbour and Seafront

Town’s heliport to close next year

Wednesday 10th November 2010
Great Yarmouth’s North Denes heliport is to close next May with CHC Scotia switching its operations to Norwich International Airport.

CHC said the move would mean expanded and improved services to clients and offshore workforces and a much better working environment.

It was not expected that the move would lead to job losses. The heliport’s 74 staff will be given the chance to relocate.

Yarmouth Borough Council leader Barry Coleman described the decision as the worst possible timing as the town geared up for opportunities created by the offshore wind industry.

He said council leaders regarded the heliport as very important infrastructure and its closure would have a deep impact on the community.

Around 30,000 passengers pass through the Caister Road terminal each year boosting the town’s economy through their use of hotels and guesthouses, taxis and shops.

He said the council had been lobbying for the heliport to stay open since in-depth consultation and research over its future started a year ago.

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