Ministry of Defence say Kenley Airfield is safe
13/02/2015 09:13:00......Posted by Steve Hollands
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it does not have plans to sell Kenley Airfield after announcing land across the country would be sold to save money.
At the end of January Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence, announced that the MOD would consider whether it needs 57 sites within the M25, and what the right number of airfields is.
He said: “Every year we should be looking to take out unnecessary cost, to improve productivity, to sweat our assets so that we can better support the frontline.”
But today a spokeswoman for the MOD said: “The MOD does not have any plans to sell Kenley Airfield.”
The MOD owns the airfield within the perimeter track, while the City of London owns the land outside the track.
Steve O’Connell, Kenley councillor and member of the Greater London Authority, has written to Mr Fallon to remind him of an agreement that should the MOD no longer want the airfield ownership must be passed to the city of London.
“We want to make sure they don’t even think about selling it,” said Mr O’Connell.
Alan Morgan, chair of Kenley Airfield Friends Group which is applying for an £800,000 Heritage Lottery Fund to preserve the site, said he was not alarmed about the land’s future.
“We are alert but think it’s a low level risk at the moment,” he said.