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 Jurby Airfield Cash Offer

An offer of £100,000 to improve race circuit facilities at Jurby airfield should be accepted according to a leading motor clubs association.

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.

The 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 September 2000.

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 activity.

'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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