| Jurby Airfield Cash
An offer of £100,000 to improve race circuit
facilities at Jurby airfield should be accepted according to a leading motor
At a joint meeting of the Association of Manx Motor
Clubs and Jurby Users Association it was agreed to make strong representations
to Tourism and Leisure Minister David Cretney to accept the cash.
offer, plus another £10,000 for motorsport medical charities, was made to
the government by a consortium which wants to develop the race track facilities
on the airfield.
The consortium, which includes investor Michael
Chadwick and former airport director Gordon Sweetapple, made the offer in
It was aimed at upgrading the existing circuit
facilities to attract more users as the government considers plans for the
future of the site.
The offer runs out next month. Robert Graham,
secretary of the AMMC, which represents several organisations including the
Manx International Rally, Isle of Man Kart Racing Association and Manx Auto
Sport, said members are concerned use of the site could be restricted if the
area is developed for housing or commercial use.
'The overriding concern
was that the present users and the current uses of Jurby should not be excluded
in any way from any future development programme for the area,' he said. 'After
considerable discussion it was established that from the represented clubs and
associations attending the meeting that in excess of 3,000 members use the
facility annually in regard to their respective sport or leisure
'Both the AMMC and Jurby Users Association jointly concluded
to endeavour to make strong representation to David Cretney to effect an
agreement to allow the financial offer to be accepted for works to proceed,
together with obtaining a further expenditure commitment from his department
and an agreement to retain, in unending use, the Jurby facility for motorsport,
aviation and leisure activities.'
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