January 21: Aircraft could return to the former Royal Air Force base at Coltishall in Norfolk, reports the Eastern Daily Press.
The Battle of Britain airfield, closed in 2006 with the move of the Jaguar fleet to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, could become a centre for recycling old airliners, says the report, creating over 300 new jobs.
Tag Aviation (Stansted), an aircraft services company based on the outskirts of London’s third airport, is looking for bigger premises and the hangars and runway at Coltishall are suitable for flying in aircraft and dismantling them for recycling.
Part of the old technical and accommodation site has already been converted into a prison, but this wouldn’t affect the plans for an aviation centre.
North Norfolk Member of Parliament Norman Lamb said “It is potentially very exciting – it appears to achieve the best of all worlds in terms of reuse of the site as it is, jobs, the local economy and heritage.”