Update on motorway service station at Duxford
I met with the management team at the Imperial War Musuem (IWM) Duxford and they are very clear that the proposals put forward by motorway services giant Moto could pose a serious threat to live flying at the airfield - which would remove at a stroke the distinctive nature of Duxford, and the reason why it is such a major visitor attraction. Duxford airfield not only preserves our flying heritage, it provides jobs for local people, and acts as a science hub for many thousands of schoolchildren who visit the site each year.
I have also spoken to the parish council chairs for Duxford, Whittlesford and Thriplow and all are determined that the proposals for a service station on land at Hunts Road between Duxford village and the M11 need to be resolutely opposed.
For Duxford and nearby villages, the already long queues off the M11 onto the A505 at certain times of the day would be compounded, as the proposals are for a full-on motorway service station with hotel, fast-food outlets, a lorry park and of course provision for hundreds of cars to park on what is currently moderate quality agricultural land.
As people have pointed out - there is a facility at Bishops Stortford and one on the A14 at Swavesey (plus we have two BP garages and a MaccyD within hailing distance on the A505) so this isn't exactly a parched arid desert for motorway travellers desperate for a cuppa and a pee.
I and the parish councils will meet again with Duxford IWM to plan the campaign to oppose the Moto proposals.