Welwyn Garden City residents raise £10k for community airfield campaign
PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 November 2017
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.”