UK Spaceport Update: Moray’s Bids Are Still Dead

UK_flagOfficials in Scotland have thrown in the towel on their effort to convince the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to reconsider its decision to eliminate RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks from the list of possible UK spaceports.

The Moray Economic Partnership (MEP) led the local fight to convince the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to put Lossiemouth and Kinloss back in the running.

But a spokesman for the partnership said yesterday: “After consulting with our MP Angus Robertson and after further communications with the Ministry of Defence, we have sadly taken the decision to put our bid for a spaceport for Moray on hold.

“We have a very strong case for a spaceport and worked very hard to lobby on behalf of the people of Moray and are very disappointed that we cannot progress this further.”

Mr Robertson, who is SNP leader at Westminster, said: “Unfortunately, the MoD did not back Moray and without that we are at a bit of a dead end now.

“It is especially disappointing given the strong support from outwith the MoD for Moray to be the site of our first spaceport.

The CAA eliminated the two bases after the Ministry of Defence told it they were needed for defense purposes.