THE Moray Economic Partnership today expressed its ‘huge disappointment’ that both RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks have been ruled out by the government as a possible location for a future spaceport due to what is cited as ‘operational reasons’ by the MOD.
The MOD announcement can be viewed here.
John Cowe, chair of the Moray Economic Partnership, said: “This is hugely disappointing news for Moray.
“Our submission was based on expert opinion, and we still strongly believe that Moray has the best case in relation to favourable weather, uncongested airspace, suitable infrastructure and availability of a skilled workforce.
“Moreover, we believe that the area has all the necessary economic attributes to ensure the successful development of a Spaceport between now and 2030.
“It is deeply frustrating that the MoD’s operational issue was not flagged up earlier on in the process. The MEP will seek meetings with the UK Government departments to fully understand the rationale behind these recommendations and push for the reconsideration of Moray as a spaceport location.
“We are particularly keen to work with the MoD to better understand the future military presence in the area, and to manage expectations for the two units beyond 2030.”
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