Highlands and Islands Labour MSP calls for more support for Campbeltown spaceport bid

Scottish Labour Highlands & Islands MSP, David Stewart [now shadowing for his party on Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform] has, again, asked his colleagues in the Scottish Parliament to show their support for Campbeltown airport’s bid to be selected as the UK’s spaceport.

He says: ‘I am delighted to continue my support for the bid by Machrihanish Airbase Community Company [MACC], through its subsidiary company, Discover Space UK.

‘My support is not just based on my desire to have the economic benefits of the spaceport come to Argyll and Bute but because I also believe that Campeltown airport is the best location for this project.

‘In March, I launched an e-petition  looking for public support for this bid. People from all over the UK, as well as the USA and Indonesia, have signed it.

‘If you have not yet done so, please go to the petition online here NOW and add your support to this bid.

‘I am seeking the support of my fellow MSPs for Campbeltown and have lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament. Hopefully, if sufficient cross-party support is forthcoming, I will be able to secure a Member’s debate on the subject.

David Stewart’s parliamentary motion

Title: Support for Campbeltown Airport

Motion Text:
‘That the Parliament notes what could be the potential economic benefit to communities around the site that will be selected as the UK’s spaceport; understands that Campbeltown Airport is the only shortlisted site that fulfils the technical and safety requirements; notes that these include having a 3,000-metre runway, excellent storage facilities for large quantities of fuel and hazardous materials, room to expand over a 1,000-acre site, being situated in an area of low population density away from congested airspace, and acknowledges what it sees as the strong case being put forward by Discover Space UK for it to be selected as the site for the spaceport.’

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