Lack of AEF for NI and NW England


#97

Again, though, ‘soon’ rather than a date yet! Great news, though.


#98

https://twitter.com/10aef/status/1083691459059085312?s=21

10AEF reporting on Twitter that runway repairs start Monday …


#99

Did staff hear about this internally beforehand or was it only announced today?


#100

I was told this morning in a meeting with The Staish


#101

Excellent news. If not a moment too soon.


#102

If the runways is being repaired then this is normal RAF precursor for the station to be closed…


#103

they will only be repairing it in anticipation of it being completely refurbished in 2 months time and only then will they close it…


#104

Have they started?

It is Monday, unless they didn’t specify which Monday.


#105

They obviously meant Monday 23rd, 2381.


#106

Oh dear. Thou art the voice of doom


#107

I haven’t been in the office yet.

I’ll be back in on Sunday so I will let you know.


#108

Or reality, but where it is, it would make a for a very large housing estate, new rail station direct into either Liverpool or Southport, what’s not to like.


#109

Not as easy as HMG think, though - they’ve not won the battle over Chalgrove yet despite handing it to the HCA!

The second battle of Chalgrove, of course:


#110

Or, given where it is, a new golf course…


#111

Where it is there are golf courses on all sides except in the Mersey estuary, but houses provide members for the golf courses. The local authority plan could swing it, nice area local council being rabidly red would come into play here.


#112

But then, if they lost the airfield, Greg Norman wouldn’t have anywhere to park his Gulfstream the next time the open is at Birkdale, as happened while I was UAS there.


#113

Personally I don’t think it would every happen for several reasons I cannot and will not discuss here.

There is a rail service that goes into Southport and Liverpool. I would’t want to build on an area that has had a rabbit warren on it for at least 150 years (it stretches from Formby to the outskirts of Southport beach) and where the ground is made up of 90% sand.


#114

And, according to wild (and most likely completely made up) rumours, has crated up Spitfires buried under the airfield…


#115

Ha Ha. Never heard that one. Best get my shovel out!


#116

It’s an old Pprune favourite.