Time is running out to speak up on Plymouth City Airport
PLYMOUTH people have just a few more days to offer their thoughts about the future of Plymouth Airport's land.
Many who want the land to remain undeveloped, in the hope the airport could return, have already voiced their opinions.
The airport closed last December and its operators, Sutton Harbour Holdings (SHH), published a development masterplan a short while later.
The Roborough site is protected from development until 2021 under Plymouth City Council's core strategy, but SHH want that reviewed as part of the Derriford and Seaton Area Action Plan.
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The council says the long-term fate of the airport should be part of the wider Plymouth Plan, which will guide city developments to 2031.
The dispute will be settled by a Government inspector next Spring at a public examination into the Derriford and Seaton area action plan.
As a result, the city council has reopened its public consultation on the development blueprint and is inviting opinions.
Airport campaigner Maddi Bridgeman has urged Plymouth people to stand up and be counted and has collected hundreds of letters from people to go towards the council's consultation.
She said: "We're still getting letters coming in and we've been handing out literature in the city centre over the last few weeks.
"We've been giving people a template for them to read through, showing SHH's plan.
"Most people are still horrified that we have no airport, especially in light of the lack of rail service during the recent floods.
"We've been completely cut off from the rest of the country while the railway and then parts of the M5 and A303 were flooded. Tudor Evans, the city's leader, has now started a letter campaign about doing something about the railway, yet we've a perfectly good airport going to seed.
"It's been a good year thanks to the public's support. We handed over a petition with 37,861 which got the subject discussed by councillors. We asked the council to mothball, not demolish it, and the majority of the councillors agreed.
"Do their and the public's views count for nothing? We should be boosting the economy, not stifling it. It seems that SHH doesn't seem to care about the city's future generations."
TO have your say, view the documents and make comments online at plymouth-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal, write to: Planning Services, Civic Centre, Plymouth PL1 2AA, email email@example.com or Call 01752 305477.
All representations will need to be returned by no later than 5pm on December 7, 2012.
Paper copies of the documents may be viewed during normal office hours at the Civic Centre reception, Windsor House and local libraries.