The Airport Project Team wishes to advise that with effect from Monday 17 August 2015 the Airport Site at Prosperous Bay Plain will be closed to the public. No access will be permitted by unauthorised personnel after this date, and members of the public are asked to adhere to the signage in place. Basil Read security personnel are also in place at Bradleys to control entry to the Airport site.
Basil Read Island Director, Deon de Jager, commented:
“I am sure that this announcement will be met with some disappointment – and from our side we have appreciated the interest and support from all those who have participated in the various tours. Our thanks go to members of the public who have taken the time to visit on Sundays, to all the schools who have made this a learning experience for their students, to the Island’s Councillors and officials – and even to members of the international press.
“But we are now in the final stages of construction of an airport and our thoughts must turn to its operation. Like any other international airport, we are required to put in place strict security measures and we need to start planning for and doing this now.”
The Airport Site can of course be viewed from various vantage points on the Island, including in the Millennium Forest area, and regular updates will continue to be provided via the local media, and by viewing www.brshap.co.za, www.sainthelenaaccess.com, www.sainthelena.gov.sh and the SHG Facebook page.
Airport Security Fencing – Placement
A site walkover (photo attached) took place last week to discuss the exact alignment for the Airport security fencing – this fencing is just one of the security measures that is essential for St Helena Airport to meet the requirements for certification.
Members of staff from Basil Read, Halcrow and the SHG Access Office met on site to walk the route shown in the designs, allowing them to determine any environmental or health and safety considerations in order to finalise the design and placement of the security fencing. External stakeholders, the St Helena Nature Conservation Group and the St Helena National Trust were also invited to attend.
The security fencing will be used to restrict access in areas where there is a risk that animals or unauthorised persons might enter the Airport site. St Helena Airport is bordered in some places by steep cliffs, where it will not be necessary to fence.
The security fencing will be in place by late October, prior to the audits for airport certification.
11 August 2015