Campaign To Save RAF Oakington
30 December 2010, 06:00
A petition has been set up calling for some historic buildings in Oakington to be saved from demolition.
Eight buildings, which were part of an RAF base built in Oakington in the 1930s, are expected to be demolished so a new environmentally-friendly town called Northstowe can be built there.
During the War, they were used as a Bomber Command base.
Up until recently, the buildings were part of the Oakington Immigration Reception Centre.
Now, villagers want the original RAF buildings to be kept as a World War Two memorial.
Hilary Stroude, Secretary of Longstanton and District Heritage Society, said: "The heritage of the Northstowe site is fantastic and will provide the new town and its residents with a unique identity and sense of place."
Campaign for Oakington organiser Andrew Papworth added: "These buildings are not just important for the people of Longstanton and Oakington but also for the future residents of Northstowe.
Instead of being demolished, they should be used to give new residents a sense of history about the area they move into."
Campaigners have now set up a petition, which almost 300 people have signed already, calling for the buildings to be saved and memorial set up.