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New operator for troubled Shoreham airport

The Argus: New operator for troubled airport New operator for troubled airport

COUNCILLORS have agreed plans to hand troubled Shoreham Airport to a new operator following months of negotiations.

Under the deal, airport operator Albemarle will surrender the lease to Brighton City Airport Ltd (BCAL).

Members of Brighton and Hove City Council, which has a two-thirds stake in the airport, agreed to postpone a £1 million fee owed by Albemarle for failing to renovate the airport’s crumbling grade II listed terminal building and hangar.

Official new operator BCAL, which has been running the airport since August 2013, said the deal safeguarded the airport’s future and committed to start improvement works within six months.

Jonathan Candelon, managing director of BCAL, said: “BCAL works closely with the airport stakeholders and we have implemented numerous, positive changes to improve efficiency and safeguard the future of the airport.

“With key investments planned for the main grade II listed terminal building and the municipal hangar, we plan to commence work within six months of contracts being signed.”

Geoff Raw, executive director for environment, development and housing at Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “This is a superb opportunity to see the airport at Shoreham grow into a sustainable business which creates jobs and realises the site’s potential while protecting its heritage.”

But tenants called for the decision to be deferred and independently reviewed amid uncertainty over rising operating charges.

Andrew Edie, chairman of the Shoreham Airport Operators and Tenants Association, said: “It is clear BCAL are pursuing a self-interest policy at a cost to other users. We cannot forecast what will happen if this proposal ultimately does not proceed. However approving the proposal if it is flawed would be detrimental to the future of the airport. This time we do not want a decision to be made today that will be regretted tomorrow.”

Jemima Bland, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham, launched a petition earlier this week as part of her Friends of Shoreham Airport (FOSA) campaign.

She said: “I am glad that the airport will continue to operate as an airport. But emergency repairs of the terminal building must happen now, not in six months.

“BCAL have a lot of work to do to earn the trust of the businesses operating on the airport, and of the wider community.

“Myself and FOSA will continue to campaign for urgent refurbishment of the terminal building.”

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9:36am Sat 3 May 14

rolivan says...

More paper shuffling,I hope they don't intend to put in an application to build housing on the flood plain.
More paper shuffling,I hope they don't intend to put in an application to build housing on the flood plain. rolivan
  • Score: 13

12:29pm Sat 3 May 14

wippasnapper says...

Amazing B&HCC dote have the money to reaper and maintain Brighton Victorian sea front but it seems they do have for Shoreham Airport mind boggling and maybe the only reason they have taking this on is because they see an opportunity to build on unused land or maybe they just want to open the gates to let the travelers in as they do around B&H parks and open spaces.
Amazing B&HCC dote have the money to reaper and maintain Brighton Victorian sea front but it seems they do have for Shoreham Airport mind boggling and maybe the only reason they have taking this on is because they see an opportunity to build on unused land or maybe they just want to open the gates to let the travelers in as they do around B&H parks and open spaces. wippasnapper
  • Score: 10

1:56pm Sat 3 May 14

whatone says...

Not much point in putting a £1m 'fee' into a contract and then not enforce it.

As always it's a case of privatise the profit and socialise the debt!
Not much point in putting a £1m 'fee' into a contract and then not enforce it. As always it's a case of privatise the profit and socialise the debt! whatone
  • Score: 13

3:50pm Sat 3 May 14

FatherTed11 says...

wippasnapper wrote:
Amazing B&HCC dote have the money to reaper and maintain Brighton Victorian sea front but it seems they do have for Shoreham Airport mind boggling and maybe the only reason they have taking this on is because they see an opportunity to build on unused land or maybe they just want to open the gates to let the travelers in as they do around B&H parks and open spaces.
They want to narrow the main runway to make way for a cycle lane.
[quote][p][bold]wippasnapper[/bold] wrote: Amazing B&HCC dote have the money to reaper and maintain Brighton Victorian sea front but it seems they do have for Shoreham Airport mind boggling and maybe the only reason they have taking this on is because they see an opportunity to build on unused land or maybe they just want to open the gates to let the travelers in as they do around B&H parks and open spaces.[/p][/quote]They want to narrow the main runway to make way for a cycle lane. FatherTed11
  • Score: 11

7:04pm Sat 3 May 14

derekhunt says...

Oh Dear
Geoff Raw's involved
That can't bode well
Oh Dear Geoff Raw's involved That can't bode well derekhunt
  • Score: 5

9:14pm Sat 3 May 14

Mark the cab says...

Put a Shoreham airport station on the line &
Make it a park & ride for Worthing & Brighton.
Put a Shoreham airport station on the line & Make it a park & ride for Worthing & Brighton. Mark the cab
  • Score: 7

11:34am Sun 4 May 14

Hove Actually says...

agreed to postpone a £1 million fee owed by Albemarle

Pity the useless greens do not treat the poor Brighton & Hove tax payer the same.........maybe someone has vested interest?
agreed to postpone a £1 million fee owed by Albemarle Pity the useless greens do not treat the poor Brighton & Hove tax payer the same.........maybe someone has vested interest? Hove Actually
  • Score: 5

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