Four days left to sign airfield’s planning-fight petition

There are just four days left for pilots to help Kemble in its planning fight with Cotswold District Council to remain open as an active airfield.

Pilots are being asked to sign a petition on the Prime Minister’s e-petition website to help lend weight to the airifeld’s case: The site hasbeen an aerodrome for almost 70 years, and enjoys the support of 85 percent ofthe local community (according to Kemble & Ewen Parish Councilsurvey 2006).

Airfield manager David Young said: ‘There must be thousands of pilots out there who have flown at Kembleand would be mortified it it were closed. If you want a jolt have alook at what could be happening at Dunsfold where a new town isproposed on the site of the aerodrome.

‘We cannot afford to lose our planning appeal in November. If we cannotmake Kemble economically viable as an airfield we will lose it. There is no doubt the Inspector hearing our appeals will address thefacts and planning merits only but he/she will have the petitionstoo, and now they are running, we really should try and have themreflect a more realistic indication of numbers of people that supportkeeping general flying at Kemble.’

The e-petition can be found at  – it closes on Monday July 23.