David Stewart launches petition in support of Campbeltown Spaceport bid

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, has launched a petition seeking public support to have Campbeltown Airport selected as the site for the UK’s Spaceport.

He says: ‘The siting of the Spaceport in Campbeltown has the potential to be of major benefit to the local economy.

‘Campbeltown airport is, in my opinion, by far the most suitable of the shortlisted sites and I am delighted to continue to support its selection.

‘I have already promoted Campbeltown airport’s bid in the Scottish Parliament, A petition seeking support from the general public  is the next logical step.

‘The petition can be found here online .

David Stewart is  ‘urging you all to sign it and show your support for an enterprise that will put Argyll at the forefront of modern technology.’

For  Argyll unhesitatingly supports and echoes his words – and his call for votes in support on the petition..

This is not just a matter of concern and inteest for Campbeltown and Kintyre,

Wherever you live and work in Argyll and Bute, this single initiative has the power to transform – to galvanise – the economy of this entire area.

If the Campbeltown bid succeeds – and Mr Stewart’s conclusion that it has the strongest case of the shortlisted contestants is fully sustainable and must be made manifest – the spin off industries and business it will generate will be a permanent  propelling of Argyll into an economic league it has never inhabited before.

This will bring not just jobs – but high value specialist jobs way into the future. ‘Career development’ will no longer be absent from the Argyll vocabulary or experience. And, of course, the tourism sector will be rocketed to public attention world wide.

Please sign this petition – linked above -and encourage everyone you know and who has the interests of Argyll at heart – to do the same.

Nothing – nothing – is more important for the future of this place than the spaceport bid.

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  • Who is David Stewart?

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    Hugh Jazz March 8, 2016 5:49 pm Reply
  • Dunno, never heard of him HJ. But he’s apparently wandering round Argyll looking for signatures. Oh well, each to their own What did you say his name was?

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    willie March 8, 2016 7:22 pm Reply
    • I would be surprised if David Stewart knows where Argyll is, never mind Campbeltown.
      .
      Anyone notice rejected Eton educated former Libdem MP Lord Thurso has been announced as the new head of Visit Scotland.
      This appointment of the multi millionaire former chairman of Champneys proves that “jobs for the boys” is still in a healthy existing state.
      This appointment needs some explaining.
      This man thinks Gaelic is a dialect not a language, his words not mine.

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      Keitho March 8, 2016 11:03 pm Reply
      • Keitho, https://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/Scottish_Gaelic_Dialects

        It seems the man knows his subject.

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        Richard March 8, 2016 11:41 pm Reply
        • Richard, while I disagree with your silly comment that seems to infer that Gaelic is indeed a dialect, I find your link to Rev Robertson’s work very interesting.
          Very early in the piece we see the observation, “Southern Irish thus resembles northern Gaelic and northern Irish resembles southern Gaelic”. This is something that I had noticed myself, first when I lived on Islay and found it hard to converse with them in their dialect. Since then, I have made friends with many Irish people and have found that I can converse a lot easier with the Southern Irish dialect.
          I had put this down to the Ulster wedge that was driven between the Celtic peoples by the Anglo Saxons, but I’ll need to read what you have linked to and see if there is more to it.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie March 9, 2016 9:20 am Reply
  • Maybe Labour hope that they will find some aliens when the space plane goes into orbit from Campbelltown.
    They’re pretty desperate for new members and they’ve no chance of finding anyone else in Scotland who has not heard of their abysmal record..

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    Murdoch MacKenzie March 8, 2016 11:30 pm Reply
  • The foregoing comments are a depressing insight into the diseased priorities of parochial politics – when Argyll has one real chance of winning a transformative opportunity.

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    newsroom March 8, 2016 11:44 pm Reply
    • I think that about nails it Newsroom. Personally I’m not convinced Campbeltown is the best option however I certainly hope it gets selected. I welcome any politician of any affiliation putting their support behind its bid. The responses on here simply because it’s a labour politician instead of an SNP one speaks volumes about how petty people can be when it comes to pack mentality. For Campbeltown’s, and more widely Argyll and Bute’s, sake i would have thought people who lived in the area would welcome any support. Actually that isn’t true. We’ve all read enough posts on here to realise that, for some, the party honour is a far greater priority than actual success.

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      Integrity? March 9, 2016 8:32 am Reply
      • We can only live in hope that “Scotty will beam them up” asap

        Best of luck to Mr Stewart and anybody else who actually pulls their finger out and supports our local communities …. whatever their political persuasion.

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        Karl Hughes March 15, 2016 2:58 pm Reply
  • Nothing diseased about our comments Newsroom…. we come in peace which is more than can be said about the Clingons who are now thankfully heading to the final frontier where they belong.Let’s beam em up on May and send em on their way.

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    willie March 9, 2016 5:01 am Reply
  • Maybe the consultation on APD will assist. Making local airports more attractive. Even newsies homeland (? Northern Ireland/ Republic of Ireland/ The island of Ireland )would benefit.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rates-and-allowances-excise-duty-air-passenger-duty/rates-and-allowances-excise-duty-air-passenger-duty

    Cost online– flight to Stornoway from Glasgow £200. As one supporter of APD suggested on radio ie. “there are alternatives, like the train”. Never been to the Islands I wager. Flight time 1 hr. By ferry and car over 10 hours. Cost?

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    No Cheese Here March 15, 2016 11:55 am Reply
  • Think possible tourist coming to Scotland. More likely to come.
    2.1 APD rates from 1 April 2016

    Destination Bands and distance from London (miles)

    Reduced rate: (for travel in the lowest class of travel available on the aircraft)

    Standard rate: (for travel in any other class of travel)

    Higher rate: (for travel in aircraft of 20 tonnes or more equipped to carry fewer than 19 passengers)

    Band A (0 to 2,000 miles) £13 £26 £78
    Band B (over 2,000 miles) £73 £146 £438

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    No Cheese Here March 15, 2016 12:53 pm Reply

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