Carole puts pen to paper in fight to save the airport
A CROWNHILL woman was one of the first to put her name to a save-the-airport letter-writing campaign.
Carole Earl put pen to paper shortly after watching last week's council debate on the future of Plymouth City Airport.
Mrs Earl said: "I have taken The Herald's initiative and sent a letter to Mr Evans to forward to the Government.
"We used to fly to Jersey because I had family who worked there," Mrs Earl said.
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"We also flew to Dublin, and to London when they had the City Airport slot. It was a lovely little airport.
"Now it takes about an hour to drive to Exeter Airport and park."
In her letter Mrs Earl said: "The Government has chosen not to invest in our railway system, hence it takes an hour to travel 44 miles by train from Exeter to Plymouth.
"The motorway ends at Exeter. We have a dual carriageway, the A38, but money is being spent on improving roads to London from Exeter.
"Exeter is attracting new businesses, which is good for them, but with our poor connectivity there is little incentive for new business to come to Plymouth."
Sutton Harbour Holdings has revealed its masterplan to build houses, shops and offices on the 113-acre site.
Mrs Earl pointed out that there was an excess of plots with planning permission for new homes in Plymouth, and the city did not need any more.
"We have the South West's major trauma hospital next to the airport," she said. Because the airport was closed the NHS would need to spend money to build a heliport.
"The Royal Navy is now having to spend millions to land and fuel aircraft due to the airport's closure.
"Is there any way the state can step in to help Plymouth?
"Our council .... made a huge mistake when selling a 150-year lease for our airport that has already allowed the developer to sell part of the airport for £11million.
"Could the airport be compulsorily purchased as it is part of our infrastructure?"