Why be negative the jobs will retained if the move goes ahead and previous plan showed anything ip to 13,000 houses and 5,000+ jobs if this brown field site become available. Mentioning this to a (now retired but still working now for central bedfordshire) senior civil servant he said don’t go there he had take it three times to cabinet, however if the growth of Oxford and Cambridge are national priorities then shifting badly located airfield uses – you have to go there until they are gone.
Labour councillors have warned 1,700 jobs could be lost if plans to move Cambridge Airport get the go-ahead.
The airport could move to one of three possible relocation sites, under plans put forward on Tuesday (May 14) by aeronautical giant Marshall.
Now three Cherry Hinton ward councillors have urged Marshall to stay and have vowed to do everything they can to prevent the company, which has been in Cambridge for over 100 years, from relocating.
Under the fresh proposals the light aircraft and business aviation facility will relocate from its Newmarket Road home to a new site by 2030.
Speaking on behalf of councillors Robert Drydon, Russ McPherson and Mark Ashton, a spokesperson for Labour, said in a joint statement: “Our local Labour Party is unanimous in wanting Marshall to stay. Back in 2010 we successfully fought the then Lib Dem administration’s plans to have the company move, and we will do so again.
“Public opinion is overwhelmingly against the idea, with the vast majority of Cambridge residents wanting to see the aerospace jobs and business retained in Cambridge.
“There are 1,700 mainly local people employed by Marshall Aerospace. The skills and effort of past Cambridge workers helped build this business, and current apprentice schemes are still vital, including for the children and grandchildren of local residents.”
There are also concerns engineering expertise could be lost.
Labour said: “This successful Cambridge company has been dedicated to building the skills of their workforce, with over 10,000 apprentices trained being in the last 100 years. We have plenty of jobs in academia and in the science parks, but the roles undertaken there do not include the sorts of jobs and skills that Marshall Aerospace does and which would be sorely missed.”
Marshall has said the Cambridge Airport site, which was established in 1937, could be redeveloped to provide space for 12,000 new homes, as well as about five million square feet of business and commercial space.
The locations being considered by the family-run group, are Duxford and Wyton in Cambridgeshire and Cranfield in Bedfordshire.
The councillors say the site is not appropriate for a huge housing scheme, because current infrastructure around the site is not fit for capacity.
The councillor’s continued: “If housing is to be built in the Cambridge area it needs to be done in the right place, with proper transport and local infrastructure.
“Traffic currently around the airport is at gridlock, and another 12,000+ homes and the air pollution it would cause is just unthinkable. Housing targets can be met alongside the current local and area plans without such an enormous scheme which would be overwhelming.”
They add that Marshall is also profiteering from a 2010 pledge to stay and from having green belt land turned over to them.
They said: “The agreement was there to help the business, not a City Council gift of billions to be gleefully banked whilst moving the 40 miles to Cranfield.”
A spokesman for Marshall told CambridgeshireLive it will retain its current workforce and promise the new location will be commutable from Cambridge.
It is also committed to retaining its apprenticeship.
He said: “We have exciting and ambitious plans for the future growth of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and the proposed relocation is driven by the need to invest in state-of-the-art facilities to support our aspirations for the business, building on the unique position which Marshall has established for itself in the aerospace and defence sectors.
“We remain wholly committed to our highly experienced and highly valued employees, who will continue to be vital to the future success and growth of the business. We will also be increasing our focus on recruiting and developing high calibre individuals through our long-established apprentice programme and our Academy.
“There is a great deal of work to be undertaken to settle on the right site for our relocation, and all three potential sites are within a commutable distance and have much to offer Marshall.
“We have been hugely encouraged by the very positive response from key stakeholders at all three of the potential sites and we are now working closely with them to address any challenges which may exist, so that we can, as planned, announce the preferred location during 2020.”
Crucially, Marshall say its relocation will lead to the creation of new jobs for the area.
“The successful relocation of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group will enable the current airport site in Cambridge to be developed in support of the continued growth and success of Cambridge, building on the local authority’s proposals from more than a decade ago and the CPIER report of 2018.
“We are working closely with the local authorities and other key stakeholders to develop a compelling vision for the area which will add to and benefit Cambridge, including the creation of a significant number of new jobs and career opportunities. Central to these plans will be the need for high speed, reliable integrated public transport links to key sites in the rest of the City, including the City Centre and the railway station.
“Marshall of Cambridge will remain a Cambridge business after the relocation of its Aerospace and Defence business. We are committed to Cambridge and to our other businesses which will remain and grow here.”