Welwyn Garden City residents raise £10k for community airfield campaign

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 November 2017

Fundraising for Project Phoenix at Hatfield's Galleria. Picture credit: Project Phoenix.

Fundraising for Project Phoenix at Hatfield's Galleria. Picture credit: Project Phoenix.


A campaign launched by Welwyn Garden City residents to reinstate a community airfield in the town has reached its first milestone of raising £10k.

Project Phoenix was announced in mid-September following fears that Welwyn Hatfield Council was not committed to providing a sustainable aerodrome in Panshanger.

The former airfield site has been included in the local authority’s Local Plan, which is currently being put under the microscope by a planning inspector.

Following a series of local fundraising events, the project has already raised £10k, and campaigners are now working on an online petition to submit to Welwyn Hatfield Council.

Haim Merkado, one of the project’s core organisers, said: “After 21 years of operating Panshanger Aerodrome, my track record is known as I transformed it from a derelict disused aerodrome into a thriving community asset.

“I shall now do whatever it takes to recreate Panshanger Aerodrome as a viable, sustainable forward-thinking entity for the benefit of the local and aviation communities.”

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