Filton Airfield public meeting this Friday
A PUBLIC meeting is being held on Friday about the future of Filton Airfield.
The cross-party gathering has been called by the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Filton and Bradley Stoke branch to discuss the impending closure of the airfield and the wider implications for the surrounding communities.
Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton will be a guest speaker. UKIP is campaigning against the closure by owners BAE Systems, which is planning to call time on the well-known airfield by the end of this year.
Houses are likely to be built on the land, but UKIP believes housing in the area is already "saturated".
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The party's South Gloucestershire and Bradley Stoke town councillor Ben Walker said: "Building houses is short-term growth. Employing and investing in a skilled tradesperson grows both the local and national economies and supports that person for years, along with their family.
"Closing the airfield will result in a loss of employment, heritage and national defence capability."
The meeting will be held at Filton Community Centre, off Elm Park, on Friday, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Everyone is welcome.