Airport is surely a rumour?

STANDING idly by a group of senior citizens in Butcher Row, I was puzzled by what seemed like their incomprehensible chatter.

“Well I’ll be blowed.

“I saw this coming a long time back.”

“They won’t pick Hudson’s Field, not with Old Sarum nearby.”

“No I reckon it will be over Laverstock Way, the Racecourse or Boscombe Down.”

“Point is though, it won’t happen surely; I mean we are a cathedral city.”

“Wherever they decide, you can bet your bottom dollar that the council tax will go up.”

Unable to contain my curiosity, I ventured to ask one of the assembled if they were discussing a new housing scheme.

“Housing scheme?

“Haven’t you heard on the grapevine; we are having an airport for Salisbury and so far, not a dickybird from the council.”

The group sauntered off, dismissing me as a fully-fledged simpleton.

In the meantime I am still left wandering if there is any truth in this or just a rumour?

Brian Black, Salisbury

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1:44pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Salsibury has it's own airport at Boscombe Down (BDN) why does it need another?
Salsibury has it's own airport at Boscombe Down (BDN) why does it need another? Old Salisbury Boy
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10:28pm Fri 20 Jun 14

STRIPEY51 says...

Well they need one in Salisbury with all the **** flying about?
Well they need one in Salisbury with all the **** flying about? STRIPEY51
  • Score: 4

9:36am Sat 21 Jun 14

AuraTodd says...

I don't think their allowed to build on Hudson field, don't think it would be long enough anyway.
I don't think their allowed to build on Hudson field, don't think it would be long enough anyway. AuraTodd
  • Score: 0

2:25pm Sat 21 Jun 14

hairy poppins says...

Crazy talk. Sorry, can't see there being any truth in this whatsoever.
Crazy talk. Sorry, can't see there being any truth in this whatsoever. hairy poppins
  • Score: 7

10:24am Sun 22 Jun 14

Champers says...

Might possibly be the new site? Especially if Blanefield/OSAF get their wishes granted to develop the existing airfield!!!!
Might possibly be the new site? Especially if Blanefield/OSAF get their wishes granted to develop the existing airfield!!!! Champers
  • Score: 1

5:03pm Mon 23 Jun 14

reasonedhuman says...

Old Salisbury Boy wrote:
Salsibury has it's own airport at Boscombe Down (BDN) why does it need another?
Boscombe Down is not a civil airport neither does it have the IATA code BDN - that belongs to Talhan Airport in Pakistan. It only has the code EGDM which is issued by the ICAO. Its a aircraft testing ground - not an airport.

There are some Civil flights from Boscombe, someone chartered a Concorde flight to New York from there - as its one of the few run ways at that time long enough for Concorde. But the civil flights are very rare.

Boscombe Down however would make a good location for an airport and with 2 runways could cope with a fair capacity.
[quote][p][bold]Old Salisbury Boy[/bold] wrote: Salsibury has it's own airport at Boscombe Down (BDN) why does it need another?[/p][/quote]Boscombe Down is not a civil airport neither does it have the IATA code BDN - that belongs to Talhan Airport in Pakistan. It only has the code EGDM which is issued by the ICAO. Its a aircraft testing ground - not an airport. There are some Civil flights from Boscombe, someone chartered a Concorde flight to New York from there - as its one of the few run ways at that time long enough for Concorde. But the civil flights are very rare. Boscombe Down however would make a good location for an airport and with 2 runways could cope with a fair capacity. reasonedhuman
  • Score: 6

6:18pm Tue 24 Jun 14

IanMcL says...

Laverstock ?????
Must be to use Church Road as the runway....mind the humps. It' s the best way to ensure school parents pick up and drop off at London Road P&R! The kids will prefer planes to Wilts and Dorset and mum and dad.
Laverstock ????? Must be to use Church Road as the runway....mind the humps. It' s the best way to ensure school parents pick up and drop off at London Road P&R! The kids will prefer planes to Wilts and Dorset and mum and dad. IanMcL
  • Score: 4

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