New hope for helicopter base

Despite a long and hard fought campaign, the battle to save our search and rescue (SAR) helicopter on Portland failed, despite the valiant efforts of many constituents and others who helped in the fight to retain it. However, Richard can now announce plans for a compromise solution, whereby a commercial helicopter company might take over the site in 2017.

The company is called HeliOps, which trains and provides pilots and crews for a number of roles - see website www.helioperations.co.uk.

Importantly, highly skilled jobs, both in the air and on the ground, would remain on the island and SAR helicopters tasked to our waters could refuel there, saving precious time.

There will be more news soon.