HC Deb 30 November 1949 vol 470 cc1116-7
3. Major Legge-Bourke

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is now in a position to make a further statement about the future use of Mepal Aerodrome; and if he will allow foot passengers and vehicular traffic to cross direct to and from Sutton, which is the main shopping centre for Mepal.

Mr. A. Henderson

As I said in reply to the hon. and gallant Member on 25th February, 1948, Mepal airfield is being purchased by my Department for use by the R.A.F., and until the airfield is used again for flying all the land, other than that covered with runways and buildings, is available for agriculture. Foot passengers are allowed to cross the airfield direct between Sutton and Mepal, but the route is not suitable for vehicles. As the result of representations from the county council, I am considering with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport whether this road can be made* fit for vehicles or whether an alternative route is required.

Major Legge-Bourke

When the Secretary of State is making his decision will he bear in mind that this airfield has been unused by the R.A.F. in the intervening period, and that there is really nothing to stop vehicles using the perimeter if only he will let them go in?

Mr. Henderson

I do not think that there are very substantial objections to that suggestion, but I must co-operate with the local authorities.