Lack of AEF for NI and NW England


#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.


#117

You ever been to Dubai, areas I know that were sand and desert twenty years ago are now full of multistory buildings and a brand ewish airport at Jebel Ali, Dubai World airport.

The asbestos problem should have been resolved by now as it’s still an operational airfield.

The only reason for keeping the airfield under RAF control is that it is a handy stopping off point for NI, handy for Altcar training area, not that they couldn’t build a large pad and infrastruture there. the lack of an RAF presence has never been any reason not to close an airfield.


#118

Several times. However, are you aware how much money is available in Dubai to build the infrastructures?

bob, I am aware that you have issues with Woodvale and Merseyside RAFAC. Locals have been campaigning for the closure of the station for well over 20 years and guess what?? We are still here!