Still negotiating as Goonhilly celebrates its 50th anniversary

Posted on: 10th July 2012

Following his plea to the Prime Minister a fortnight ago for support to resolve the negotiations on an exciting transformational project for the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station (GES), local MP, Andrew George, will urge the Government to bring negotiations to a rapid conclusion as the base celebrates its 50th anniversary of the first ever transatlantic satellite broadcast.

Mr George said: “It’s fantastic news that the Satellite broadband company, Avanti, which is also based on a site adjacent to the GES project has succeeded in securing Government funding to roll out its company portfolio.

“However, I am disappointed that the Government has not managed to resolve its negotiations with GES in time for a celebratory announcement for the 50th anniversary at the site.

“I remain optimistic that negotiations will be brought to a fruitful conclusion in the coming weeks, but I am bound to reflect the disappointment of many local supporters of the plans that negotiations which have taken over 18 months so far have still not come to a conclusion.

“I am confident that GES will be a success whatever the Government’s response, but Government support would accelerate the scaling up of the project and a much earlier provision of a visitor centre, hi-tech jobs and other developments on the Space Science Park.

“I will be keeping up the pressure on Ministers and officials to bring this to a conclusion soon.”


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