Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire who are fighting to defend Filton Airfield from closure and redevelopment are seeking the support of their political opponentsthrough a motion which is set to be debated at the Council meeting to be held on Wednesday 19 October. This is the first time that the full council of 70 councillors will have discussed the contentious issue.
Back in July the Labour Group responded to the consultation on the initial Airfield ‘Position Statement’ by arguing that the Filton and Patchway areas should continue to be a world centre of excellence in aerospace, supporting high-value skilled engineering jobs with an airfield runway as a unique asset at its hub. This view is shared by many local people and the moves towards developing new plans for the Airfield have led to a groundswell of public opposition, with a vibrant ‘Save Filton Airfield’ campaign quickly evolving.
The motion being put forward by Labour members will call on the council “to throw its support behind the efforts to retain the Airfield and defend engineering jobs into the future” and “not to proceed with policies or actions that would facilitate development on the Airfield”.
Local councillor Ian Scott (Labour, Filton), who will propose the motion, says;
“The Airfield site should play an important role supporting the aerospace industry and jobs into the future. South Gloucestershire Council must not act in a way that would have far-reaching consequences for the long-term vibrancy of the local aerospace economy. This is our opportunity as the representatives of the people to voice their strong conviction about the importance of retaining the Airfield.”
Fellow Filton councillor Adam Monk will also present the meeting with a petition of signatures in support of the Airfield currently being collected online on our website.
4th October 2011