Rumours have been circulating this week of proposed plans for a Town project dubbed Operation: Grey Baxter, outlining intentions to construct an International Airport in Dronfield, as North-East Derbyshire’s most famous and reputable Historic Market Town aims to join the ranks of the world’s greatest centres of tourism.
Though details are scarce at this early stage of the proposed plans, Dronfield Digital understands that the airport will be centred on the famously punctual ‘43’ route, well-known to the residents of Dronfield as a reliable and effective transport service. For the more adventurous travellers in the town, flights are expected to be offered to destinations as exotic and far-flung as Nottingham and Leeds, with all routes offering a mandatory refuelling stop at Sheffield Meadowhall.
In efforts to compete with other nearby airports such as East Midlands and Manchester, the People’s Economy & Express Line (PEEL) Airport is believed to offer not only catering from local Dronfield business, Fat Sam’s, but a total of 17 Co-op duty-free stores and 9 Indian restaurants which used to be pubs. In addition, the travel centre is expected to provide numerous coffee shops designed to shut down after just 4 months each, open between 11AM and 2PM, Monday-Thursday, and provide Dronfield’s more fashionable travellers with designer boutiques at the proposed Forge-Two Shopping centre.
Nonetheless, ever-vigilant Dronfield residents fear the change and turmoil that the introduction of an International Airport may bring to the sleepy market town. As the profile of Dronfield rises to that of an international centre of tourism and commerce, so too do concerns amongst residents that the town may become a target of terrorism. Self-proclaimed ‘angry resident’, Frank Thompson, claims that Dronfield’s new status will highlight the town as a target for ‘Muslamic extremisms’, and that ‘we don’t want those Frenchie squeezers nicking all the bread from the Co-op on Hartington, let alone getting hold of birds down t’ Manor House on a Friday’.
Despite these concerns, it is generally expected that the PEEL airport will bring Dronfield well and truly into the 20th Century. With ample car parking at the Civic Centre and Sainsbury’s, it is hoped by the Town Council and excited residents of the Town that arguably our biggest development since the opening of Aldi may yet bring Dronfield nearly into the present day of British culture, cementing the town’s place as a hotspot of cultural and social life in North East Derbyshire, and perhaps, with the hard work characteristic of Dronfield, even South Yorkshire.