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Airstrip investment to boost Daedalus

A £1.52 million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) into the refurbishment of a local airstrip at the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus is set to help to attract new aerospace and aviation companies to the site.

Access to the airfield had previously been on a temporary basis and only for those who had a lease to do so. However, this investment will now be put towards opening up the facility to a much wider number of users in the area, helping to boost links between the Solent and the rest of the UK, as well as overseas destinations.

It is hoped this major expansion will serve the local community well over the coming months.

Executive leader of Fareham Borough Council and chairman of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire councillor Sean Woodward said: "To have an operational airfield is a unique offer in an enterprise zone. We are absolutely committed to the continuation of aviation at the zone and to have the runways in local ownership and management is crucial.

"The next job is to secure funding to resurface and re-light the runway."

Leader of Gosport Borough Council councillor Mark Hook added that improved access to the airfield will attract more businesses and will therefore provide a significant boost to the local economy in the years ahead.

Elsewhere, the HCA recently announced a £25 million investment in the Nottingham Enterprise Zone.

It is hoped the funds will provide greater employment and an improved connection between public and private sectors in the city in the future, with the site expected to become a stronghold for business innovation, creativity and development in the heart of England.

Nottingham City Council leader councillor Jon Collins said at the time: "Regeneration, economic growth and stability are absolute priorities for Nottingham City Council and today's news demonstrates very clearly our plans are working." 

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