Worthing Borough Council (WBC) endorsed the negotiations to secure a profitable future for Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) approved by Councillors at Thursday night’s BHCC Policy and Resources committee (May 1st). But local campaign group Friends of Shoreham Airport (FOSA) are not satisfied and they continue to lobby for the airport to be registered as a Community Asset.
The discussions between Shoreham Airport freeholders: Brighton & Hove City Council and Worthing Borough Council; the lessees Albemarle Shoreham Airport Limited and potential lessees Brighton City Airport Limited have been on the future lease and management arrangements. The aim is to ensure the airport becomes a sustainable and profitable operation securing investment in the airports grade II listed terminal building and hangar.
The recommendations are to promote the airport site as one of the Greater Brighton City Deal growth hubs and through the city deal and other funding sources undertake the flood defence works (Adur Tidal walls) which will protect businesses and enable development of employment land identified in the draft Adur local plan.
John Mitchell, Director for Communities at Adur & Worthing Councils said: “Brighton and Hove City Council and Worthing Borough Council have been working with Albemarle Shoreham Airport Limited and Brighton City Airport Limited to explore new management arrangements that will protect the future of the Airport and secure much needed investment in its unique facilities. We believe that the current proposals represent the best opportunity to achieve these aims.”
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for East Worthing & Shoreham, Jemima Bland is supporting the Friends of Shoreham Airport in their campaign.
M/s Bland said: “FOSA and I are relieved that the airport will remain an airport under these plans. But the fight is far from over, and the state of the Terminal Building, in which the Dieppe Landings of 1942 were planned, remains an absolute disgrace. We will continue to fight for immediate and full refurbishment.
“With all these commercial shenanigans ongoing, it is more important now than ever that the community stands together to protect our heritage. Join the campaign to get the airport listed as a community asset via www.jemimabland.com. FOSA [Friends of Shoreham Airport] membership is open to all. Express your interest now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .”