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Could Newquay Cornwall Airport host rock concerts to help reduce £3 million council subsuidy?

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: January 11, 2014

Could Newquay airport become a rock venue?

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Newquay Airport should host rock concerts and go-kart racing in a bid to offset the £3 million annual subsidy it currently gets from Cornwall ratepayers.

That is the suggestion put forward for the council-owned airport by UKIP councillor Harry Blakeley, who said: “There needs to be more imagination shown.

“There is no reason why it couldn’t be used to host rock concerts and there would be added benefits as local businesses would benefit from the sale of food and drink as well as all the other services.”

Councillor Blakeley also suggested that space at the airport could be used for a go-kart track or host adrenalin sports such as paintballing but Cornwall Council said space was limited at the airport.

Councillor Adam Paynter, cabinet member for partnerships, which helps oversee the airport on the Independent-Liberal Democrat controlled council, said they would consider the proposal.

But he added: "The total acreage is about 861 acres - it is a big area but a lot is the Enterprise Zone which is 650 acres and 231 acres is development land, occupied by commercial companies and 14 acres is the solar park.

"The Business Park Development area adjacent to the airport covers 87 acres.

"We also get paid by the government to stay open as an emergency airfield. The runway is one of the largest in the country so any plane can land there."

Health and safety problems would make it "very difficult" for the airport to host thousands of people at a concert, he added.

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  • josdave  |  January 13 2014, 10:39AM

    The only problem with selling it is that it is not viable as very few people use it so it would not attract many, if any, bids. It should not be supported by public money so if it is to be kept open let those who use it pay for it with increased fares.

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  • Anyone  |  January 11 2014, 8:51PM

    Here we go UKIP once again,with a crackpot idea. This only shows that he has no idea of the complexity surrounding the airport site. Yes their needs to be some sort of action concerning the cost of the airport to Cornish council tax payers, the council has no idea about running an airport, so the answer is simple, sell it to the highest bidder.

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  • wringer  |  January 11 2014, 12:26PM

    Airport passenger numbers have dropped 60% in the past 5 years. we are paying £3,000,000 of public money every year to keep it going that's around £18 every time a passenger uses the airport. either people should pay up so the subsidy can be stopped or the airport should be found another use. how much do the govt pay for it to be an emergency runway? let them stump up the £3,000,000 each and every year to keep this viable. at least it would solve the stadium for cornwall issue. lots of land, lots of our money spent on it and with no real benefit. the nay sayers will say we have to have an airport and if that's the case let those that use it pay for it like any other private company service.

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