Following last December’s closure of Plymouth City Airport, UK, the facility’s lease holder, Sutton Harbour Holdings (SHH), is to auction some of its now-redundant equipment.
The sale, organised on SHH’s behalf by Lincoln-based Peaker Pattinson (Auctioneers) Ltd, will include such items as a two-storey office block, four fire engines, airside vehicles, walk-through metal detectors, baggage trolleys, the check-in desks, ticket machines, office furniture, generators and boilers.
However, Plymouth’s Evening Herald newspaper reports that both the Viable group, which has a plan to re-open the airport, (see the Jan/Feb and March editions of Airports International) and Plymouth City Council (PCC) leader Tudor Evans have called for the sale to be stopped.
The newspaper quoted Viable chairman Raoul Witherall as saying while he wanted the auction to be stopped, even if it went ahead, it wouldn’t scupper Viable’s plans to re-open the airport.
The auction, which will use a sealed bid process, does not include the airport’s navigational equipment, though its fate is due to be discussed in a future meeting between SHH and PCC.
A government-controlled e-petition calling for Plymouth Airport to be saved can be viewed at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/2758
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