Conservatives criticise lack of Doncaster Sheffield Airport mention in council budget
Mayor Ros Jones presented revenue and capital budgets to the council on Monday, breaking down how the council’s money will be spent over the next two to three years.
Following the meeting, Coun. Jane Cox tweeted: “Nearly 100 pages in 23/24 budget presented by @MayorRos and not one mention of #dsa what does that say about priorities? Would you expect it to be mentioned we would.”
Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) closed in November last year following owners Peel Group claiming the site was no longer viable to run.
Since, Doncaster Council and local officials have been pursuing possible routes to buy the site from Peel to allow it to reopen.
On Thursday, Don Valley MP Nick Fletcher seconded Coun. Cox’s comments.
In a Facebook post, he wrote: “I don’t agree with the budget set by Doncaster Council earlier this week. I don’t expect that you will be surprised by that. It’s hardly news that a Conservative MP hasn’t much faith in a group of socialists to run an effective organisation. It’s never happened before so why would it now?
“We’ve had decades of neglect at a local level and we need a change. That should be self evident.
“There is not a single mention at all in the budget of Doncaster Sheffield Airport. There should be for a number of reasons.
“1. There is an ongoing Compulsory Purchase Order which we are told will be very expensive.
“2. DMBC took Peel to the High Court and lost. They were ordered to pay costs. The costs overall could be as much as £500,000. I would expect that to be mentioned.
“I am regularly assured by DMBC that they are determined to follow through and take the airport from Peel. Yet if they are, I have to ask myself the obvious question. Why is there no financial provision for the airport in this budget?
“It’s either a deliberate omission or they don’t have the eye on the ball.”
Budgets were passed during the meeting by all councillors except the seven Conservatives present, who abstained but did not raise their concerns.