HC Deb 28 October 1919 vol 120 cc488-9W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if work is still being carried on in connection with the Woods-ford Aerodrome, near Dorchester; whether special trains are still being run daily to carry workpeople to their work there: what has been the total cost of this aerodrome; to what use is it to be put; and whether the land not already covered with buildings and no longer required can be handed back and used once more for agricultural purposes?


I have been asked to reply, as the Woodsford Aerodrome is in Admiralty occupation. The completion of the aerodrome as an airship station has been abandoned. A few minor works are still in hand to complete the buildings required for use by the Admiralty. Special workmen's trains are not being run; they were stopped on the 13th September. The approximate total cost of the aerodrome will be £185,000. The station is to be used for the temporary storage of machinery. As regards the land, the farm tenant has never been dispossessed of the portion referred to, and is still in occupation. The requisition cannot, however, be withdrawn until the question of the ultimate disposal of the station is settled.