SKILLED employment opportunities in Meirionnydd are set to rocket as plans for a new aerospace centre in Llanbedr took a significant step forward this week.
Gwynedd Council has submitted plans to Snowdonia National Park Authority for a new access road to the Llanbedr airfield site which is being earmarked as a possible spaceport.
The Llanbedr site began life as an RAF camp in 1941, acting as a fighter station during World War Two, and then a training centre, before becoming a specialist location for the development of Unmanned Aircraft from 1952 until its closure in 2004.
Local Gwynedd councillor for the Llanbedr ward, Annwen Hughes, said: “I am delighted that firm steps are now being taken to bring this strategically important site back to life.
“Over 150 people lost well-paid jobs when the site closed in 2004, and as local councillor I have been campaigning to restore activity to the airfield.
“The submission of a planning application for a new access road is a clear sign that all relevant partners want to bring good employment opportunities for local people back to this site.”
The site was taken on by the Welsh Government, and leased to its current owners, Snowdonia Aerospace in 2012.
Read the full story in this week’s Meirionnydd edition of the Cambrian News