Sale of Weston Airport on cards

by Staff Reporter

THE NAMA-owned Weston Airport is believed to be close to being sold to a private investor, though a price has not been disclosed.
It is understood that the airport, once part of the Jim Mansfield empire, would be run as a going concern, continuing as an exclusive executive airport.
Since being placed into the hands of the National Asset Management Agency, a buyer has been sought, though some had pushed for the lands to be brought into public ownership, with South Dublin County Council recently passing a motion to that effect.
Fine Gael Councillor William Lavelle, who tabled that motion, said that any sale of the land by NAMA raised questions about the role of the agency.
“I had previously secured the unanimous support of South Dublin County Council to seek to keep these lands in public ownership, in particular the lands along the River Liffey. So I am obviously disappointed with the sale, if confirmed, by NAMA.
“This reported land sale again raises the question of NAMA’s approach to delivering a social dividend. I would have thought that protecting and delivering public access to high-amenity lands along the Liffey would have represented a very positive form of social dividend.
“My priority now is to seek clarity on the new owners’ plans for the airport and to try to build a positive working relationship between the community and the new owners,” said Cllr Lavelle.
Management at Weston Airport had not responded to requests for comment from The Gazette at the time of going to press.

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