What if passenger routes don't pay?
IMAGINE you are a leaseholder, be it in business or domestic, you have built an established reputation in your city, invested in the community and conducted your affairs with integrity; in a word, you have credence.
Suddenly a clandestine group comes to your door who, in my opinion, publicly defame you, impugn your reputation and engender support from the populace to relieve you of an asset, thereby hazarding the livelihood of some who support you.
It would seem that to do nothing in the face of such activity is not an option and one would be obligated to challenge the aggressor, in a civilised manner, via the law. Nothing to be gained? I vehemently disagree.
And now to Viable and their effusive spokesman.
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I gather they are a limited company, supported by an unknown number of local business people and high-net-worth individuals.
Their aim, tardily admitted, is to become the freeholder of the airport site and operate passenger services etc.
But wait, and here is the salient issue: what if they fail, i.e., the services prove uneconomical to maintain?
Well, they still own the land but the city has lost another prime asset.
At least the Sutton Harbour Holdings scenario is clear while Viable remains shrouded in secrecy.
The Herald describes the group as 'people of calibre and good intent'. Perhaps we, your readers, could be made privy to the knowledge you clearly hold and make our judgment of their bona fides.
This, and the lack of financial transparency, steers me to view them as property adventurers.
Editor's note: The Herald's position remains clear - the airport site should be protected from building development. This newspaper has no allegiance other than to the people of Plymouth.
Our leader column published on December 22, 2012, regarding the exchange of legal letters between Sutton Harbour Holdings and Viable clearly referred to both sides when it said: "Anyone who knows the calibre of people involved in this issue will know they are better than this, much better."