BARNSLEY Council leader Sir Steve Houghton agreed a funding package - alongside the county’s three other local leaders - to support the reopening of a local airport.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport closed in 2022 after its owners, Peel Group, decided it was no longer financially viable. ( Research carried out as part of the region’s response to Peel Group’s review into the viability of the airport found that DSA supported around 2,700 jobs and contributed more than £100m to the regional economy when it was operational.

South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard and leaders of the four councils in the region approved a funding package to support the reopening of the airport.

At the board meeting of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, £3.1m was agreed to help with the costs of building a case for the compulsory purchase order (CPO) process currently being undertaken by the City of Doncaster Council. ( Mr Coppard said: “Since Peel announced their intentions to close our airport, I’ve been working alongside partners from across the region to first keep it open, and now to bring it back into use.( “The order process is our last, best hope to take back control of DSA.”(