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Airfield's future to be decided in June
A PLANNING inspector will spend up to four days listening to arguments over whether to impose strict limits on flights to and from a controversial airfield.
The inspector is expected to decide whether should lose its helicopter fuel facility and be restricted to 71 flight movements a week on its remaining runway.
If the Hambleton District Council enforcement notices are upheld by the inspector, the airfield’s main revenue-generating stream, the provision of jet fuel, will be plugged.
The airfield’s management says such a decision would end the economic viability of the grass airstrip, which is used by industries ranging from horseracing to railway maintenance, with the loss of about ten jobs.
Campaigning group Action4Refusal, which represents some residents in Bagby and Thirkleby, said it is determined to ensure the airfield is used by hobbyists and noise emanating from the site has been unacceptable.