St Mary’s Airport Gets New Management Group

Runway will need repairs soon

Councillors have agreed the formation of a new Airport Management Group at Tuesday’s Full Council Meeting.

The new group has been set up in response to recommendations contained in the airport development report, produced by Parsons Brinkerhoff.

This new body will get delegated powers from the Transport sub committee, allowing it to make faster decisions as ambitious plans to refurbish St Mary’s airport get underway.

They’ll also monitor the day-to-day running of the airport including finances and set the future strategy, including attracting new operators to the airport and looking for ways to generate extra income, such as car parking charges.

The chairs and vice chairs of the Policy and Resources and Transport committees will sit on the new body together with the chairs of General Purposes and Planning.

They’ll be joined by various Council officers whose roles impact on the airport.

Cllr Robert Dorrien-Smith felt it was strange that the transport operator, Skybus, wasn’t represented on the new group.

But Transport chair, Dudley Mumford, felt that could be a conflict of interest and they would be brought in when necessary.

The degree to which powers have been delegated to the new sub committee worried some members.

Cllr Marian Bennett said the number of tasks and responsibilities that the new body had was confusing and seemed too broad for a sub committee.

She asked what was the use of the Transport Committee if all of these roles were being taken on by the Airport Management Group.

But Dudley explained that the group would have the power to take executive decisions quickly and there would be scrutiny through both the Transport Committee and Policy and Resources.

The Council are currently seeking over £4m in grant funding to resurface the runway and make significant changes to the passenger terminal and airport services buildings.


3 Responses to St Mary’s Airport Gets New Management Group

  1. John J December 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Come on Glynne wakey wakey !!

  2. Todd Stevens December 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Im merely amazed that the officers in control of the airport and its finances allowed it to get into its current situations. Somone wasn’t doing thier job. Another failure to add to the list of they who were paid handsomely to look after it.

  3. Glynne Lucas December 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    When the equipment and materials arrive to resurface the runways, it would also be the ideal opportunity to have the roads around St Marys dug up, re-laid and re-surfaced. They are in dire need of work and it could save the Council a lot of money to have them done at the same time.