Doncaster Sheffield Airport: MP Nick Fletcher plans to reignite talks with government

Doncaster’s Conservative MP, Nick Fletcher, will arrange talks with new ministers after the previous government stated that nothing could be done to save it.
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The Don Valley MP has vowed to arrange meetings with the government in the new year to discuss ways to reopen Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

The airport shut down in November after owners Peel Group claimed that its operation was no longer financially viable.

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The former Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP was criticised by local leaders after refusing to take action over the airport, stating that it was a matter between Doncaster Council and Peel Group.

Talks about Doncaster Sheffield Airport could resumeTalks about Doncaster Sheffield Airport could resume
Talks about Doncaster Sheffield Airport could resume

The government also rejected calls to use the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to keep the airport open due to emergency services that are deployed from there.

However, Liz Truss has since resigned as Prime Minister bringing in a new cabinet under Rishi Sunak.

Nick Fletcher MP said in a Facebook post: “I will arrange to meet with Baroness Vere (the Aviation Minister) and with Mark Harper (Secretary of State of Transport) to see if they have heard anything re the potential investors as I have heard nothing locally.

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“I have as you know written to the UAE Ambassador, however I do believe meeting with him may be more beneficial. I will therefore enquire if this is possible. I will be speaking with Doncaster Council re their objectives for 2023 and the reopening of DSA.

“I will be seeking how to press forward with a Public Inquiry. I have not initiated one before so this may take some time. As I always say I am on it.

“I will also be writing to Oliver Coppard regarding his vision for DSA.”

He added: “If anyone who has lost their job at DSA and is struggling for any reason please do email my office and I will always help where I can.”

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The MP has been vocal in his criticism of South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) regarding their role in the airport saga.

In October, he wrote a letter to the two elected mayors operating in Doncaster telling them to “hand back” their powers to centralised government “if they do not know what to do with them.”

With the airport fully closed and a judicial review of its closure rejected by the courts, Doncaster Council is now pursuing a Compulsory Purchase Order of the site to take it into the hands of local authorities.