Support pledged by Lincolshire County Council to help try and save businesses around Doncaster Airport

Lincolnshire County Council is supporting businesses around Doncaster Airport following its closure, while trying to re-route supply lines into the county.

Lincolnshire County Council is supporting businesses around Doncaster Airport following its closure which was announced in September
Lincolnshire County Council is supporting businesses around Doncaster Airport following its closure which was announced in September

The closure of Doncaster Airport was announced in September, after operators Peel Group claimed it was “not viable due to its lack of adequate forward revenues and high operating costs.”

The last flight touched down on November 4, however, efforts are still being made to save the airport with the results of a judicial review last week still to be announced.

Councillors were told efforts were being made by officers during an update on the work of the authority’s Team Lincolnshire project, which aims to encourage more investment into the region.

Members also debated the ethics of whether the authority should be encouraging defence and security contracts if it meant arms or services were sold to “difficult foreign powers”.

Coun Matthew Boles, who oversees parts of West Lindsey, including Gainsborough, said: “It’s been well represented to me from businesses in my area the impact the closure has had on them in terms of trade investment and supply chains.”

He questioned whether the closure would impact the work of Team Lincolnshire and whether Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) was working to push for a potential takeover of the airport, so that it could reopen.

Samantha Harrison, LCC’s head of Economic Development, said Team Lincolnshire would be working with all the local businesses to examine supply routes and get them moving forward.

She said: “We will be lobbying on their behalf and trying to get everything re-routed.

“We are working closely with West Lindsey District Council as part of a regional programme to see if there is viability for the airport to reopen, and that is ongoing.”

During the meeting, councillors were told that since Team Lincolnshire was set up, it had increased from 109 members to 147.

It had also overseen the creation of 331 new jobs, and had direct involvement in influencing or developing 96 investment sites across the county, including 13 within the new South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone.

Looking ahead, it was focusing on things like agri-food, the East Midlands Airport and Humber Freeport and support of the defence sector.