IN HIS letter to Your Say on Monday about asking the Prime Minister to save Plymouth airport, Tom Jones hit the nail on the head by accusing the council of trying to shift the blame for the Armageddon clause and expecting the Government to rescue the airport.
Even if we still had a Labour government, does anyone honestly believe they would come and rescue our airport? The first question any government would ask is, 'Who approved the lease with this Armageddon clause and why?' The answer is, naturally, our own local political leaders so they should sort it out. And who was in charge of the council at that time? None other than Mr Tudor Evans.
This clause was never just approved by a secretary or other lowly council employee. It would have to be approved at the highest level, so the buck would appear to stop on Mr Evans' desk. So why was it approved and who was to gain from it? Not the citizens of Plymouth, that's for sure.
Does anyone know of a leasehold house where the lease has a similar Armageddon clause like '...and if the leaseholder does not like his garden or the house he can demolish it and build a shop on the site, with profits going to the leaseholder'?
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Just as I thought, no-one has ever heard of a leasehold clause like that which is in the airport lease.
So apart from Sutton Harbour Holdings, who else would gain from this clause and who else agreed to this lease besides Mr Evans? I think we all have a right to know who sold Plymouth down the river.