The future is looking bright for Daedalus

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THE leader of a council has outlined the authority’s vision for promoting a former Royal Navy airfield as a premier location for aviation, aerospace engineering and advanced manufacturing businesses.

Councillor Sean Woodward, of Fareham Borough Council, believes the plans for Daedalus, in Lee-on-Solent, will create skilled jobs for local people, ‘underpinned by a vibrant and sustainable airfield’.

The plans will be put to the council’s executive committee on July 13 and a consultation will take place over summer and early autumn.

Cllr Woodward added: ‘Daedalus airfield is a vital asset to our community and it is important to ensure that we make the most of it in a way that serves the present and future needs of both businesses and residents.

‘We are making significant investment in the airfield and providing space for business to invest and develop with access to a new runway. People can train at CEMAST, set up and expand their businesses all in one place.’

He said the airfield will be an attractive destination for visiting aircraft and will offer the hangars, facilities and services to attract more corporate and commercial aviation activities.