RAF Cottesmore is to close soon and Gene Plews, who sits for Oakham South East, thinks he knows what should be done with it. He told the Leicester Mercury:
"I believe it is ideally suited for a regional airport.However, Lord Bonkers' current-day successor is not keen. Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton, says:
"It has all the ancillary services needed and can handle aircraft as large as a Boeing 757 and a Galaxy transporter.
"It is close to the A1, would service a local need, and could boost tourism. It has great links to London."
"It is a totally inappropriate site for a regional airport.
"The road links are inadequate."