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Old 30th Nov 2022, 18:39
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Ditto, always helpful, friendly and pleasant on the radio getting me out in front of a jet.
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Old 1st Dec 2022, 12:03
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Decision over request for a Judicial Review has been withheld til a later date following an appearance in Leeds Administrative Court on Tuesday.

The airport is still open and a Notam issued yesterday suggests daytime operating hours with the airspace becoming class G outside of those hours. Rumours suggest full closure to happen on 3rd December but I suspect if that is true it would be reliant on the court throwing out the DMBC application by then.

Peel have contested the application with the suggestion that the airport could face insolvency and therefore jeopardise any redundancy packages.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...e-63822367.amp
BBC reporting Judicial Review refused
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Old 1st Dec 2022, 14:41
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During the court hearing in November, James Maurici KC, barrister for Doncaster Council, argued that the consultation by Peel Group on the future of the airport had been too short to find a potential buyer. He claimed the outcome of the consultation had been "predetermined" and also highlighted the number of public services the airport hosted, including military, coastguard and police aircraft.

But in response, John Litton KC, representing Doncaster Sheffield Airport Limited, said Peel Group did not have a duty to launch a consultation and that it had extended the consultation period twice to nearly 11 weeks at the request of Doncaster Council. Independent consultants had judged the airport to be unviable and Peel Group had not received full details of the potential buyers Doncaster Council claimed had been found, he added.
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Old 1st Dec 2022, 14:43
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Following the ruling, Doncaster mayor Ros Jones said "every legal tool" would be used to keep the site open. Ms Jones added that she was disappointed at the decision by Mr Justice Fordham following a hearing last month at Leeds Administrative Court. She said a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was another approach to keeping the airport open which the council had supported and that would now be attempted.

"We knew that the judicial review in itself would not have saved the airport as it could not have compelled Peel to reverse their decision to close Doncaster's Airport. The only way this will happen is if Peel sell the airport - and the investors we identified are still talking to Peel - or if we are successful in securing a CPO of the airport site and works with the market to secure an operator."

So why did she waste taxpayers money on the Appeal?
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Old 1st Dec 2022, 20:01
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“All stations, Doncaster Radar is closed for the final time. All stations, Doncaster ATZ is closed.”
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Old 1st Dec 2022, 21:34
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A sad day. I've seen that airfield close twice now.

(TBH, I wasn't quite so sad the first time).
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Old 2nd Dec 2022, 15:18
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I always thought a JR was likely to fail, but I am rather surprised that it wasn't refused on the grounds of reviewability (ie. the judge considered DSA to be sufficiently carrying out a public function that it wasn't refused on that basis).
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https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/york...-close-airport

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Old 3rd Dec 2022, 10:34
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Has the judgement from the Administrative Court been published?

Not evident on either BAILLI or the National Archive.
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Old 4th Dec 2022, 00:20
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The Judicial Review result published.

https://www.nickfletcher.org.uk/site...-final19_1.pdf
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Old 4th Dec 2022, 09:27
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Interesting that the judge reckoned there were never any realistic indications of interest :-

Having allowed a period for options to be put forward, and having extended that period – putting down the clear marker that no tangible proposal had come forward from public or private sector partners – the Operator was being told that there was strong market interest in one group believed to be an extremely serious proposition (the letter of 8 September 2022); a highly desirable bidder with extensive aviation experience (the letter of 12 September 2022); and conversations with 10 potential investors including interest from airlines, a global asset management business, a UK-based new venture in the aviation sector, significant local aviation businesses and an international investment bank (the letter of 22 September 2022). But the fact was that there were no “tangible proposals” to consider, not even tangible proposals at an “early stage”.
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Old 7th Dec 2022, 13:52
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Originally Posted by dsamole View Post
Rumour now within the DSA walls is PEEL have provisionally accepted an offer, but is subject to due diligence etc.

I cannot personally confirm this but its come from a trusted PEEL source.

Will post more when I can.

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Any more on this?
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Old 8th Dec 2022, 21:15
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Any more on this?
Nothing as yet. Talks are continuing and various MP's have been asked to butt out whilst talks continue.

Due diligence may take some time, wouldn't expect to hear anything before christmas.

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Old 10th Dec 2022, 00:01
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In this latest deal Peel are now questioning where the money is coming from, for example if there's any Russian money involved. Whether they're using this as a convenient excuse to eventually reject the deal I don't know.
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Old 10th Dec 2022, 01:25
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They sold Teesside for £40m when they could have held out for the reported £250-500m land value (they didn't need a fast buck as some suggest), Doncaster is no different. If there is a genuine buyer, I'm sure they will sell
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Old 10th Dec 2022, 10:24
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"In this latest deal Peel are now questioning where the money is coming from, for example if there's any Russian money involved. Whether they're using this as a convenient excuse to eventually reject the deal I don't know."

​​​​​​​Standard practise these days - even for tiny businesses. Banks etc HAVE to check on the sources of funds - not before time given events of the past 40 years
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Old 10th Dec 2022, 11:23
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Originally Posted by Cautious Optimist View Post
They sold Teesside for £40m when they could have held out for the reported £250-500m land value (they didn't need a fast buck as some suggest), Doncaster is no different. If there is a genuine buyer, I'm sure they will sell
The buyer was a local authority, the difference here is that the local authority do not want to be lumbered with something they have no experience of running. As seen at Teesside, itís not exactly a money spinner, and is being funded by the tax payer ultimately, which may be unsustainable.

Seems there is genuine interest, and there will no doubt be investigations into the source of the funds (this news is a couple of weeks old now), but more importantly the interested party will want to know what the financial situation is for the airport and whether there is anything they could do differently to encourage growth and improve financial performance. If there isnít, then it will still be a piece of prime development land that Iím sure Peel will want to hold on to.
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Old 10th Dec 2022, 22:55
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Local council still looking a CPO (Compulsory Purchase Order). No idea how that would be funded though.
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Old 11th Dec 2022, 10:49
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Nobody clearly is party to the negotiations .but wonder if the offer is for the airport as a going concern or for some other use, It could be as a freight only operation or just the land itself.
Hopefully for all involved the future passenger operation can be saved but i guess we will just have to be patient/
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Old 15th Dec 2022, 18:57
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http://redirect.viglink.com/?key=71f...%3D4%26zTS%3DC

Minutes from the final DSA Consultative Committee meeting on 30th November. No real update on the sale but Ďit could take 2-3 monthsí to finalise if this is still ongoing.

Other news is that white crossed have appeared on the runway today.
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