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Article from BTNews 4 FEBRUARY 2013

Plymouth Airport

With the Government pouring billions into the development of HS2 (see above) it has refused to support plans of assistance for the stricken (closed) Plymouth Airport.

Local council leader Tudor Evans met Transport Minister Simon Burns last week and was told that the people of Plymouth should make the most of Exeter Airport.  “Sounds somewhat like Marie Antoinette suggesting cake instead of bread”, was the response by Maddi Bridgeman, a business woman and organiser of a local petition to save the airport. “Clearly Mr Burns, or whoever briefed him, was not aware that Exeter, for the most part, is a leisure traffic airport without services to London.  No airport and Plymouth will die”.

The meeting came in the wake of last September's city council vote backing a petition by the airport group Viable, and a subsequent campaign by the Plymouth daily newspaper The Herald.

Mr Evans reported to the city council on his meeting with Mr Burns.  "He said there was only limited scope available to help, which he said in the case of Plymouth City Airport was in any case irrelevant”.  The council leader added that it would be the council policy to safeguard the airport land through the planning system. The private sector would have to play its part. www.viable.org.uk

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