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Call for more air links in remote regions

Call for more air links in remote regions Property and investment call for far more extensive but less sophisticated air travel facilities in remoter regions like West and North West Wales has come from the chief executive of the Develop­ ment Board for Rural Wales, Dr Iain Skewis. Talking on the theme of transport and regional growth to the PTRC Conference at Warwick University, Dr Skewis said that in his experience transport is the key factor in the development of a region. In this con­ text good communications were more and more about journey times and not encouraging the growth of modest port would be the single most effect about miles. step to encourage industrial develop­ airfields had seemed to want more ment. and more centralisation into a few As an example Dr. Skewis quoted airports. his experience in the Highlands and Simple, cheap airfields and small Islands of Scotland, which most aircraft are what is needed, to equate Speaking more generally about people would regard as remote, yet potential demand with a network of transport, Dr Skewis said that tourism where the development of air links services which could operate at an has a valuable role to play. Regional have made possible day visits to acceptable level of subsidy. Transport systems could earn sub­ English cities and the nearer Euro­ Financial support is essential for stantial revenue from tourists which pean capitals. rail and bus services in remoter allowed the services to be maintained around the year. regions, and the idea of assistance for Despite this example, many other peripheral areas have not yet used air air travel fits within the framework of With this in mind the Development incentives for industry. services as a tool of development. Board for Rural Wales has published West and North West Wales, for Dr Skewis questioned the policy of the first comprehensive guide to all instance, is an 'aviation desert' where, the Civil Aviation Authority with public transport services within Mid according to Dr Skewis, the intro­ regard to simple airfields and small Wales and is examining other ways of duction of daily scheduled air trans­ stimulating their use by tourists. planes; the Authority, instead of Development federation 'gravely' concerned at spending cuts The Government's plan to cut indus­ on assisted areas, the activities of the between local authorities and the trial support spending by more than various regional development Department of Industry. £200 million has met with 'grave con­ agencies and other development Training grants and the reinstate­ cern' among members of the Feder­ bodies assisting directly or indirectly ment of Training Scheme A. ation of Industrial Development in the provision of finance. Advance warning to local auth­ Associations. orities on redundancies and The Federation feels that far Primary areas of concern relate to greater selectivity is called for in the closures. the Chancellor's statement that designation of assisted areas to The Federation now has local auth­ redress the anomalies which have savings will come mainly out of the ority members representing over 4½ arisen and to prevent future anom­ million people. provision for new projects by the alies. The Federation is organising a Department of Industry and by the Other industrial development seminar to be primarily concerned National Enterprise Board and by the matters being actively questioned by with the provision of factory units by imposition of a delay of four months the Federation with government the public and private sector and with in payment of approved claims for departments include:- exploration of the methods of financ­ regional development grant. The setting up of an organisation in ing industrial development, with The Federation is to make repre­ the urban areas equivalent to emphasis on "self-help". The seminar sentations to the Industry Secretary to will be held in London in November, COSIRA, to give a total small firms seek clarification of the - Govern­ 1979, and will also be open to local service. ment's intentions in implementing authorities who are not yet members The provision of a two-way flow of of the Federation. ■ these cuts and of their general policy development enquiry information SEPTEMBER 1979 35 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Management Emerald Publishing

Call for more air links in remote regions

Industrial Management , Volume 79 (9): 1 – Sep 1, 1979

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Abstract

Property and investment call for far more extensive but less sophisticated air travel facilities in remoter regions like West and North West Wales has come from the chief executive of the Develop­ ment Board for Rural Wales, Dr Iain Skewis. Talking on the theme of transport and regional growth to the PTRC Conference at Warwick University, Dr Skewis said that in his experience transport is the key factor in the development of a region. In this con­ text good communications were more and more about journey times and not encouraging the growth of modest port would be the single most effect about miles. step to encourage industrial develop­ airfields had seemed to want more ment. and more centralisation into a few As an example Dr. Skewis quoted airports. his experience in the Highlands and Simple, cheap airfields and small Islands of Scotland, which most aircraft are what is needed, to equate Speaking more generally about people would regard as remote, yet potential demand with a network of transport, Dr Skewis said that tourism where the development of air links services which could operate at an has a valuable role to play. Regional have made possible day visits to acceptable level of subsidy. Transport systems could earn sub­ English cities and the nearer Euro­ Financial support is essential for stantial revenue from tourists which pean capitals. rail and bus services in remoter allowed the services to be maintained around the year. regions, and the idea of assistance for Despite this example, many other peripheral areas have not yet used air air travel fits within the framework of With this in mind the Development incentives for industry. services as a tool of development. Board for Rural Wales has published West and North West Wales, for Dr Skewis questioned the policy of the first comprehensive guide to all instance, is an 'aviation desert' where, the Civil Aviation Authority with public transport services within Mid according to Dr Skewis, the intro­ regard to simple airfields and small Wales and is examining other ways of duction of daily scheduled air trans­ stimulating their use by tourists. planes; the Authority, instead of Development federation 'gravely' concerned at spending cuts The Government's plan to cut indus­ on assisted areas, the activities of the between local authorities and the trial support spending by more than various regional development Department of Industry. £200 million has met with 'grave con­ agencies and other development Training grants and the reinstate­ cern' among members of the Feder­ bodies assisting directly or indirectly ment of Training Scheme A. ation of Industrial Development in the provision of finance. Advance warning to local auth­ Associations. orities on redundancies and The Federation feels that far Primary areas of concern relate to greater selectivity is called for in the closures. the Chancellor's statement that designation of assisted areas to The Federation now has local auth­ redress the anomalies which have savings will come mainly out of the ority members representing over 4½ arisen and to prevent future anom­ million people. provision for new projects by the alies. The Federation is organising a Department of Industry and by the Other industrial development seminar to be primarily concerned National Enterprise Board and by the matters being actively questioned by with the provision of factory units by imposition of a delay of four months the Federation with government the public and private sector and with in payment of approved claims for departments include:- exploration of the methods of financ­ regional development grant. The setting up of an organisation in ing industrial development, with The Federation is to make repre­ the urban areas equivalent to emphasis on "self-help". The seminar sentations to the Industry Secretary to will be held in London in November, COSIRA, to give a total small firms seek clarification of the - Govern­ 1979, and will also be open to local service. ment's intentions in implementing authorities who are not yet members The provision of a two-way flow of of the Federation. ■ these cuts and of their general policy development enquiry information SEPTEMBER 1979 35

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Industrial ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 1979

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