Could Newquay Cornwall Airport host rock concerts to help reduce £3 million council subsuidy?
Newquay Airport should host rock concerts and go-kart racing in a bid to offset the £3 million annual subsidy it currently gets from Cornwall ratepayers.
That is the suggestion put forward for the council-owned airport by UKIP councillor Harry Blakeley, who said: “There needs to be more imagination shown.
“There is no reason why it couldn’t be used to host rock concerts and there would be added benefits as local businesses would benefit from the sale of food and drink as well as all the other services.”
Councillor Blakeley also suggested that space at the airport could be used for a go-kart track or host adrenalin sports such as paintballing but Cornwall Council said space was limited at the airport.
Councillor Adam Paynter, cabinet member for partnerships, which helps oversee the airport on the Independent-Liberal Democrat controlled council, said they would consider the proposal.
But he added: "The total acreage is about 861 acres - it is a big area but a lot is the Enterprise Zone which is 650 acres and 231 acres is development land, occupied by commercial companies and 14 acres is the solar park.
"The Business Park Development area adjacent to the airport covers 87 acres.
"We also get paid by the government to stay open as an emergency airfield. The runway is one of the largest in the country so any plane can land there."
Health and safety problems would make it "very difficult" for the airport to host thousands of people at a concert, he added.