Campaign Week 1: Wellesbourne Matters

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WELLESBOURNE Matters was formed in 2014 after plans to build up to 1,500 houses on Wellesbourne Airfield first came to light.

The announcement about the airfield’s closure triggered a huge reaction, with more than 100 people turning up to a public meeting soon after the proposal became known.

Out of this situation Wellesbourne Matters was formed, taking specialist legal advice on what options were available to fight the plans.

Since its formation the group has swelled to a membership of more than 3,000, with people signing up from places as far away as Australia and Canada to show their support.

The group is committed to retaining and enhancing the airfield and to date has spent in excess of £30,000, raised through public donations, fighting to stop the facility being closed and developed into housing.

Bill Leary from Wellesbourne Matters said: “If this fight was an ice hockey game I would say we’re now going into the final third and we’re ahead, but there’s still all to play for. This final third is going to be the most difficult and most costly.

“We expected businesses to get these letters at some point so it has not come as a big surprise to us, we were prepared for it.”

Bill explained that there has been a surge in new members signing up to save the airfield since the recent eviction notices were issued to businesses. He said the group will be highlighting the airfield’s plight during events at the airfield this year such as Wellesbourne’s Wings and Wheels event in June.

Bill said he hoped the group would sign up even more members at the event. In anticipation of the fight ahead, Wellesbourne Matters has just launched its new upgraded website.

Dawn Reynolds, from solicitors Wright Hassall who are representing most of the businesses at the airfield, said: “We have received the notices and we are considering the legal position for each tenant.

“The legal process of fighting these notices could take several months and court proceedings could run longer than the 24th December if we decide to go down that route. “We are going to do all we can.”

  • To find out more about Wellesbourne Matters, become a member or donate to the group, visit www.wellesbournematters.com
  • bran

    If its private land and OWNER wants to sell it off what’s it got to do with anybody!!

  • James

    Bran you are one of the most abrasive and compulsive posters on this website. Your negativity on most local subjects is quite frankly draining! I’m grateful I am not your neighbour because I have no doubt it would be like living next to Victor Meldrew! People’s livelihoods, hobbies and future careers (pilot training) are all going to be severely disrupted by this news. I am grateful of the opportunities that Wellesbourne airfield has provided to me for my own pilot training requirements over the years and it will be a sad day to see it close. I admire those trying to fight their corner but as you say it is private land and the extended Littler family are probably hoping to retire comfortably (something we all aspire to!).
    The Wellesbourne matters group might be better served to approach local investors to seek investment and make an offer to the Littler family to take over the airfield as a going concern! The Wellesbourne matters team seem to have good people on board and I have no doubt that they will be exploring all options for the benefit of all concerned.
    I wish the team the best of luck and respectfully ask Bran to soften his approach on local matters rather that being so negative all of the time.

    • bran

      Its a comments section on the herald:) chill out a bit

  • Roger Pickles

    I think the selling of the airfield is a good idea. The existing schools can easily relocate and the local environment would be considerably improved. Light aircraft should be silenced or scrapped. Building good quality new homes will bring good quality people to the area. How many Wellesbourne people work in the airfield on > £50kpa. Answer = none. The airfield closing is a good thing.