Latest poll shows Weston backs Bristol Airport plans
Created: 17th Oct 2019
A new poll has shown there is strong support for Bristol Airport’s development plans from residents of Weston-super-Mare.
Leading market research consultancy, ComRes, interviewed people in North Somerset’s largest town to find out views on proposals to increase the capacity of Bristol Airport. Those supporting the Airport’s plans outnumbered those opposing them by nearly four to one (59% vs 16%).
Nearly three quarters of those interviewed had heard about the Airport’s proposals to increase capacity from 10 to 12 million passengers a year.
Around 500 of the 4,000 people currently working at the Airport are residents of Weston. The proposed development will create more than 1,000 additional jobs at the Airport, with thousands more supported in the supply chain and the wider regional economy.
Earlier this month, Bristol Airport announced plans to provide an hourly service round-the-clock on the Weston Flyer bus which operates between Weston-super-Mare station and the terminal, making future employment opportunities even more accessible to the town’s residents. An improved timetable will also be accompanied by a change in route to incorporate Worle station, providing another link to the rail network for passengers.
Development plans would also provide a boost to Weston’s tourism industry, which itself employs 7,500 people (seven per cent of the town’s total workforce). Tourists flying into the region stay longer and spend more, with forecasts showing that increased connectivity delivered by the current development plans would contribute £380 million to the region’s visitor economy by the mid-2020s.
Dave Lees, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said:
“Bristol Airport’s continued success will deliver increased connectivity with the rest of the world, careers for local people and opportunities for businesses in construction and the wider supply chain. We welcome this show of support for our exciting development plans.”
Councillor Mark Canniford, Mayor of Weston-super-Mare said:
“Clearly the creation of good jobs and opportunities at Bristol Airport is very important to our town and local economy. This has to be done with sensitivity to our neighbours and environment, but as part of our modern way of life we have to find ways to allow business to expand to create wealth for our residents. This will never be an easy decision as expansions is very controversial to many, but the survey seems to show broad support for Bristol Airport and their future plans.”