Top Tory Spencer Pitfield backs call for inquiry into airport reopening

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A LEADING Sheffield Tory has backed the Federation of Small Businesses’ campaign for an inquiry into whether Sheffield City Airport could be reopened.

Dr Spencer Pitfield, Conservative spokesman for Sheffield and South Yorkshire, said he believes the future of the site should be looked at again.

His comments follow Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield writing a letter in support of an inquiry to assess whether the airport could be reopened or if plans for a business park on the runway are the best option.

He said: “The saga of how we have got to where we have got with Sheffield City Airport is a long and painful one.

“Clearly now is not the time to go over old and difficult ground – the past is the past – and we must look to the future.

“But as we look to this future, and with time to make the best possible decision regarding the airport site still with us, I was hugely heartened to read the recent comments of Sheffield Central Labour MP Paul Blomfield.

“In short, Mr Blomfield was sensibly airing the view that if we are indeed to end up with a business park on the current Sheffield City runway site we must be sure that this is the best decision for the future prosperity of people across our city and indeed further afield. Once the runway is dug up it is gone forever.”

Sheffield Council said it has no power to order an inquiry because the airport is private land.