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I heard a rumour today that Sandown is closing soon, does anyone know any more?
Any reason given?
OK just found this...(Page 4)...
Thats the reason I was given as well. Not looking good.
Thread on Key suggests the final day at Sandown is 24th January 2010;
Anyone know any more??
More correspondence on Flyer:
It would seem that the optimism shown in this press report was short-lived:
Anyone have an update on Sandown?
Anyone have an update on Sandown?
from ---> http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=96719
Flying in the face of 'blackmail' is the headline in this week's edition of the Isle of Wight County Press. The article goes on to say:
"A gagging order has been slapped on pilots wishing to store their planes at the IW Airport, as part of new agreement drawn up by the site owners Wharf Land Investments (WLI) Ltd.
"Anyone planning to rent hangar space at the Sandown site from next month must sign the agreement, stating that they will not object to any future development of the airfield by WLI or a subsequent owner.
"WLI, which is chaired by former government minister David Mellor, announced plans to turn the airfield into a high quality leisure park shortly after purchasing the site two years ago.
"The new agreement, which also includes a hike in the monthly hangar rental fee from £200 to £300, comes into effect when the current lease expires at the end of this month.
"Under the new lease the site will be run as an unlicensed rather than a licensed airport, which means there will be fewer regulations. Flying activities will continue as usual, but the control tower will be unmanned.
One local resident, who has stored his aircraft at the airport for the last seven years is said to have refused to sign the agreement and is moving his aircraft. "I'll be moving my aircraft to Bembridge, that's how strongly I feel. And there are about 20 other people who will feel the same. To tell people that they can't object in the future in the future if they want to keep their planes there is blackmail, plain and simple. And the fees are so much higher. They are making it untenable for people even to operate there".
So there you have the latest (reported) sitrep.
May I suggest that if you want to comment then you send a letter to the editor of the Isle of Wight County Press at: email@example.com , with a copy to Wharf Land Investments Ltd (attn Mr David Mellor), whose address I am sure can be found on line. As for objecting to forthcoming planning applications, I will definitely be objecting as a matter of course, but with good reasons; I don't have an aircraft! But I do firmly believe that the site is an airport and not some "high quality leisure park", whatever that is meant to mean. Sounds a bit like 'developer speak'.
It seems that the end is nigh....
Copied from another group....
THE IW Airport, at Sandown, is to close within weeks despite previous
denials by its owners there were no plans to shut the facility.
It was announced this week by London-based owners Wharf Land Investments (WLI)
that flight operations would cease on October 1 and the grass runways and
taxiways would be decommissioned.
The company, which is chaired by former government minister David Mellor, last
year quashed rumours the airport would be closed or sold in the forseeable
But managing director Mike Murray this week said the airport had been losing
money for years and there was not enough aviation traffic on the Island to
support two airports. He said there was insufficient demand to turn the airport
into a commercial facility.
"Bembridge Airport has a hard runway so it's a more reliable facility, and it's
subsidised by the Island's aircraft manufacturer, Britten Norman. We just can't
compete," he said.
"General aviation fields such as Popham, Goodwood, High Wycombe and White
Waltham are viable because of the number of resident flyers paying fees, and the
associated spin-off business they generate. These airfields typically have more
than 100 resident flyers, some far more. We have eight paying residents."
WLI is now working with the IW Council to explore possible future uses for the
site, which could include turning it into a high quality leisure park ,a
suggestion put forward by the company when it bought the airport more than two
Mr Murray has said in the past the site could be used for housing but a
council-commissioned feasibility study from 2007 found it was not suitable for
large-scale industrial or residential development.
Update - it appears there may yet be moves to try and keep the place open.
Further Update - following the granting of a Hhigh Court injunction the airfield will remain open at least into 2011.
Thats good ews, but for how much longer into 2011??
From the AiX-ARG Archives
Have you got a date for that REF?
Sorry Dave, I was hoping one of the forumites may come up with one!
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