PLYMOUTH CITY AIRPORT: Write to David Cameron to save our site
PLYMOUTH people are being urged to write to the Prime Minister in a bid to save the city's airport.
Plymouth City Airport was closed in 2011 after the leaseholders Sutton Harbour Holdings triggered a clause allowing them to shut down if the facility proved to be commercially unviable.
Campaign group viable gathered a 38,000-name petition forcing Plymouth City Council to debate the airport, and council leader Tudor Evans has proposed calling on David Cameron to protect the site.
Cllr Evans has agreed to collect letters and forward them on to Mr Cameron, and we are urging you to write a letter calling for the safeguarding of Plymouth City Airport.
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You may want to include some of these messages in your letter:
Plymouth plays a vital role in the region's economy and wants to help lead the sub-region out of recession. To help achieve its plans for economic growth and ensure long-term competitiveness it needs good connectivity.
The Government already provides support nationally for road, rail and broadband connectivity and it needs to provide support to regional air connectivity as well.
The airport in Plymouth will require substantial investment to enable it to re-open, meet CAA regulations and to enable larger aircraft to use it in the longer term. The level of investment needed can only be provided by the Government.
State ownership would provide airline operators with the opportunity to build sustainable air services for the future.
This is a national issue because the Government needs good air connectivity in the regions if it is to deliver its growth plans.
Over the last 20 years considerable efforts have been made by a number of parties in Plymouth to support sustainable air links between Plymouth and London and other UK regions.
One of the key reasons why Plymouth Airport closed last year was the pressure on airlines to use the landing slots in London for more lucrative international flights.
The Government needs to recognise the importance of regional air connectivity to economic growth in the UK and ensure extra capacity for regional flights is provided as part of an expansion of capacity in London. This extra capacity for regional air services should be protected.
Send your letter, marked "Plymouth Airport Campaign, to:
David Cameron c/o Cllr Tudor Evans, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth, PL1 2AA
Or email your letter (as an attachment) to email@example.com
Below is a copy of the letter Tudor Evans has written...