Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) members met with Alan Reid MP and Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael MP and told them of their plans for Kintyre to boldly go into the space business. Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute for 14 years is a confirmed backer of Machrihanish becoming the home of the UK's first spaceport for the launching of satellites and for space tourism as it develops; it is on a short list against four other venues.
Pictured from left: Malcolm McMillan, business development manager, MACC Developments Ltd; Alan Reid MP, Alistair Carmichael MP, Jim Martin, chair MACC Developments Ltd, Tom Millar, chair MACC.
During a tour of Kintyre which took in the community owned former airbase, Mr Reid and Mr Carmichael also met with dairy farmers, directors of The Campbeltown Picture House, and staff and management at Wind Towers.
Mr Reid said after the meeting: "The MACC team are working to turn the community buy-out of the base into a lasting legacy. They are turning the base into an enterprise with a wide number of businesses; it is home to Campbeltown Airport, Wind Towers, soon there will be a fish farm, and many of the smaller buildings all have been let to tenants. I’m backing MACC in their efforts to add a spaceport to their list of tenants."
Both MPs were impressed by the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company and its commercial arm, MACC Developments Ltd, in the work they are doing to create a long and prosperous commercial base for the next generation of Kintyre youngsters.
The MACC team members Tom Millar, Malcolm McMillan and Jim Martin showed the MPs their plans for the site and then took them on a tour around the base including the huge Gaydon hangar, a legacy from the days when Machrihanish was a Cold War base.