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Growing concern for the state of airport terminal

The Argus: Growing concern for the state of airport terminal Growing concern for the state of airport terminal

Calls are being made for urgent repairs at Shoreham Airport’s Grade 2 listed terminal building.

The Shoreham Society has stated parts of the interior are water damaged with plaster falling from ceilings.

At their latest meeting chairman Gerard Rosenberg said: “We don’t want to lose one of the best art deco buildings in the country. It’s always been held up as one of the finest.”

When Albemarle Shoreham Airport Limited bought the lease for the airport in April 2008 it was agreed that £4 million would be spent on renovations.

A spokesman for Adur District Council said that since last year Albemarle has had listed building consent to carry out maintenance and repairs, though work has not begun.

Confidential negotiations are currently ongoing.

Jonathan Candelon, a director of Brighton City Airport Ltd, said: “Regarding the terminal, all the parties involved are working very hard towards finalising the details before the restoration works can proceed.”

Albemarle director Geoff Egan declined to comment.
 

The spokesman for Adur District Council said Albemarle commissioned a structural engineers’ report which the council and English Heritage have asked to see.

He said Albemarle has not come forward with the report.

Jemima Bland, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham, has launched a campaign to make the terminal and airfield a “community asset”.

This would mean that the leasehold would remain with Albemarle and the freehold with joint owners Worthing Borough Council and Brighton and Hove City Council, but it would be easier for the community to mount a bid if the freehold is sold.

“This would be a first step in providing local people with more say over what ultimately happens to this wonderful building which has been allowed to decay, ” said Ms Bland.

Shoreham Airport officially opened in 1911 and the same year Horatio Barber flew to Brighton with a cargo of a box of six light bulbs, making it the oldest commercial airport in the UK.

 

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9:38am Mon 7 Apr 14

LB says...

"Confidential negotiations" = the company are saying they won't do the work until planning permission for a housing estate on airport land is granted.
"Confidential negotiations" = the company are saying they won't do the work until planning permission for a housing estate on airport land is granted. LB
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11:10am Mon 7 Apr 14

TIMBURRY says...

More brown envolopes
More brown envolopes TIMBURRY
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11:18am Mon 7 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

TIMBURRY wrote:
More brown envolopes
SHHH that's how councils used to be run now its governments.
[quote][p][bold]TIMBURRY[/bold] wrote: More brown envolopes[/p][/quote]SHHH that's how councils used to be run now its governments. clubrob6
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12:19pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Indigatio says...

LB wrote:
"Confidential negotiations" = the company are saying they won't do the work until planning permission for a housing estate on airport land is granted.
Great idea, its on a FLOOD PLAIN!
[quote][p][bold]LB[/bold] wrote: "Confidential negotiations" = the company are saying they won't do the work until planning permission for a housing estate on airport land is granted.[/p][/quote]Great idea, its on a FLOOD PLAIN! Indigatio
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2:22pm Mon 7 Apr 14

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

I was at Shoreham airport last Tuesday and was supprised to see how much the place had gone down hill since my previous visit about 18 months ago a lick of paint would not go amiss and the high prices they charge in the cafe want some believing 2 small filter coffees and 2 buns over £8.


















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I was at Shoreham airport last Tuesday and was supprised to see how much the place had gone down hill since my previous visit about 18 months ago a lick of paint would not go amiss and the high prices they charge in the cafe want some believing 2 small filter coffees and 2 buns over £8. 3 PETE OF QUEENS PARK
  • Score: 3

9:53am Tue 8 Apr 14

Victor Peirce says...

Well the question is why has the council not enforced the contract that requires Albemarle to carry out the 4 million pounds worth of repairs! This has been an ongoing issue since 2008!?

Why did council permit the operator to split all the assets off in to different holding companies so the airport had no chance working as a self sustaining operation? How can a organisations go bust one day and walk away from a huge debt and then another name step in the next day and carry on as if nothing happened?

There are lot of office and industrial units around Sussex with more brown field sites around the Crawley area vacant and awaiting development, why do we need more on this green space. The traffic around Shoreham has already reached saturation point, why do the council want to add to it? Could it be Albermarle and it's former incarnation are property developers with little or no interest in the local community?

The situation is a disgrace and urgent action is required to prevent further deterioration of the site and to prevent unwanted development of a beautiful green space. There are so few along this part of the coast.

Force The operators to put the business back together with the airport buildings and airport in one company and give it a fighting chance to survive and prosper. Enforce there contractural obligations ASAP.
Well the question is why has the council not enforced the contract that requires Albemarle to carry out the 4 million pounds worth of repairs! This has been an ongoing issue since 2008!? Why did council permit the operator to split all the assets off in to different holding companies so the airport had no chance working as a self sustaining operation? How can a organisations go bust one day and walk away from a huge debt and then another name step in the next day and carry on as if nothing happened? There are lot of office and industrial units around Sussex with more brown field sites around the Crawley area vacant and awaiting development, why do we need more on this green space. The traffic around Shoreham has already reached saturation point, why do the council want to add to it? Could it be Albermarle and it's former incarnation are property developers with little or no interest in the local community? The situation is a disgrace and urgent action is required to prevent further deterioration of the site and to prevent unwanted development of a beautiful green space. There are so few along this part of the coast. Force The operators to put the business back together with the airport buildings and airport in one company and give it a fighting chance to survive and prosper. Enforce there contractural obligations ASAP. Victor Peirce
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11:49pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Victor Peirce says...

Excuse typos in last post! Extremely angry when I typed it on my iPad this morning! ;-(
Excuse typos in last post! Extremely angry when I typed it on my iPad this morning! ;-( Victor Peirce
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