My belief is that David Walton has been battling for years to keep aviation extant at Bruntingthorpe, but his siblings/family (?) have had an eye to more commercial ventures.
To me this news is not new, but unwelcome nonetheless
Looks like the family have finally won, hence David looking for elsewhere to house some aircraft. I don't accurately know David's involvement in C. Walton Ltd, but I suspect he's been out-voted by his family members. He has my sympathy.
I operated the A/G there occasionally for their fast-run jet days; they were very good fun and there were many in the crowds. David welcomed the GA community to fly in. Nowhere else in the world can the public be that close to a runway for an aviation event like that, because there are no take-offs (cough
best not mention that one! )
David has aviation coursing through his blood stream.
Bruntingthorpe is of where the "Vulcan-to-the-Sky" was restored; I believe there were some "discussions" about hangar rental during that time that VTS were doing the rebuild; I don't know if the finances were ever reconciled.
A personal anecdote:
On the occasion that XH558 first returned to Bruntingthorpe and carried out a full-stop landing during one of the fast-jet days one May, and everything was closing down at about 4pm, I leaned out of the A/G mobile unit to hear Martin Withers talking to the aviation Press about nowhere local to re-train pilots for their Airshow Validation.
Coventry (which they commonly used) was closed due to ATC manning issues, so I leaned down & suggested Leicester.
Martin asked "Will it be licenced after 5pm?"
"Wait a minute!" and I call Leicester to ask if the airfield staff could delay going home to maintain the Licence for incoming.
The Vulcan soon took off from Bruntingthorpe and then spent about a half-hour in the Leicester ATZ re-validating the aircrew Airshow validations. There were some videos around at the time, but it took me too long to drive from Brunters to Leicester to see any of the action. Those videos are still out there in Social Media somewhere.
All re-validations were approved! All they needed was a "Licenced Aerodrome"
. Martin Withers was an absolute gent
Sorry for the long tale.