Councillor states position on Weston airport

LEIXLIP Town Councillors have spoken out firmly on the question of what activity they want to take place at Weston Airport.

LEIXLIP Town Councillors have spoken out firmly on the question of what activity they want to take place at Weston Airport.

Recently the new owners, a Galway based engineering company met the Town Council privately to discuss the future.

The owners have announced a new or changed restaurant and plans for more training.

However, concern remains that heavier type aircraft will use the airport to the detriment of residents.

At the 1 October meeting of the Town Council, Cllr. Colm Purcell said the Town Council should have a “clear position” on what is acceptable and it plans.

He said Padraig Harrington’s jet, which landed was “exceptionally loud” but acknowledged that the new owners were “exceptionally nice to us.”

He continued: “I don’t want to see Weston become Dublin City airport.” He said he was not saying that was contemplated but he did want some clarity.

Cllr. Joe Neville said nobody wanted a (big) airport in Weston but they had not heard of such plans. Cllr. Purcell replied: “I’m only putting down a marker.”

Cllr. Anthony Larkin said jobs have been saved by the new company and planning would determine what took place.

Cllr. Shane Fitzgerald said the Council should support Weston.