Sheffeidl airport bidder has fund ready

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A MYSTERY bidder behind moves to buy and reopen Sheffield City Airport has put together funding and has now contacted the owners of the defunct facility.

The Federation of Small Businesses, which backs the plan to reopen the site, says the bidder is a ‘local business man with extensive commercial interests within South Yorkshire and an existing portfolio within the aviation industry’.

Gordon Millward, FSB regional chairman, said: “The airport has lain dormant for five years: there are clearly no developers with an appetite for building a business park so it is high time the resource was put to good use in a way which will bring investment and jobs.”

Sheffield Business Park, a venture involving Peel, which used to run the airport, has planning permission to redevelop the site for industry.