ANGRY residents have banded together to fight plans to relocate helicopter services bound for the Isles of Scilly to an airfield near Land's End.
British International Helicopters (BIH) hopes to close its heliport in Penzance later this year and transfer services to Land's End Aerodrome.
However, residents of villages nearby are appalled at the plans, which they say will blight a tranquil rural paradise.
Sam Brown lives right next door to the aerodrome and said her life will be ruined if helicopter services transfer.
"It will completely shatter the peace and quiet of this area," she said. "I live literally 20-50 yards from the hangar where the helicopter will be stored. The noise and the disturbance will be unbearable.
"I have six horses grazing on a field within yards of where the helicopter will land. They scare easily and could run in the direction of the helicopter. It is an accident waiting to happen."
Mrs Brown said the narrow winding roads of the area could not cope with the extra traffic.
Land's End Aerodrome, near Sennen, is mainly home to Skybus aeroplane flights to and from the Isles of Scilly.
The planes, used by operator the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, are small and relatively quiet, unlike the Sikorskys used by BIH.
Jon Passingham, who lives at Kelynack, less than a mile away, is the vice-chairman of the Land's End Aerodrome Action Group.
He said the bid to move helicopter flights from Penzance to Land's End should be subject to a full planning application.
"If this is such a wonderful idea, it should be put forward as a planning proposal to give people on both sides the chance to have their say," he said.
"At the moment things are being done in a very underhand way.
"We are concerned citizens and our main concern is that we feel a full public consultation on these plans has not happened."
Mr Passingham said his group would be addressing Penwith Council on the matter on February 4. Mrs Brown will be staging a separate public protest at the aerodrome at 11am on February 7.
The plans to move helicopter flights from Penzance to Land's End were announced after BIH admitted last year that losses on the service had caused a £1.2 million dent in company profits.
However, the shift was delayed until 2010 because facilities at Land's End were not expected to be ready in time.
The move has been unpopular with Penzance businesses and many Scillonians.
There was no-one available for comment from BIH yesterday.
A spokesman from Westward Airways, which runs Land's End Aerodrome and Skybus, said further consultations were ongoing.
"We are aware of some concerns within the local community regarding the relocation of BIH's services to Land's End ahead of the start of the 2010 season," he said. "We are in the process of consulting with Penwith District Council and councillors regarding the relocation and as the process progresses we will be consulting directly with the local community."