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Leaflets of Joy!

The Manston saga grinds on. SHP are fine-tuning their plans and dealing with objections. Politicians continue to be political. RiverOak are mooching about in the background, trying to persuade anyone who’ll listen that their cargo airport scheme isn’t even slightly silly. And in the meantime, the old Manston site is frozen in a weird planning limbo while the Council and …

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Avia Report

Way back in July, Thanet District Council commissioned Avia Consulting to write a report on the viability of Manston as an airport, giving them £50,000 and a couple of months to complete it. As TDC had already commissioned a report on the viability of Manston as an airport from Falcon Consulting in the summer of 2014, some saw the Avia work …

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Night Flights – all over again

I’m sorry to have to tell you that Night Flights are back on the agenda, and it’s worse than ever. This is not scare-mongering or alarmism – in their latest official statement on night flights, the people who want to run Manston as a cargo hub said that they view the threshold for “significant adverse effects” from night flights as being more than 18 flights a night… on average.

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Half a megatonne short of success

Aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus were in the Press over the weekend being a bit down in the mouth about future demand for their larger craft. Indeed Boeing wonders if it will have to stop building 747s next year as nobody is buying them anymore. Passenger airlines BA and Iberia both predict a gloomy future and are retreating from their previous …

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TDC commission report on Manston’s viability as an airport

Thanet District Council is seeking independent advice on whether Manston Airport has a viable future as an operational airport. This is needed to support the council’s Local Plan process and to meet Government guidance in relation to preparing Local Plans. Expert aviation consultants, Avia Solutions will undertake the study over the next two months. The council needs robust evidence of whether …

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Fighting for every tonne

In its Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate, RiverOak quotes a study by Oxford Economics in 2015: “Impacts on the Air Freight Industry, Customers and Associated Business Sectors”. This report was prepared for Transport for London to look at the impact on the air freight business of not increasing airport capacity. The study focuses on air cargo trade that might …

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Slipshod, slapdash and plain unprofessional

We’re guessing that RiverOak are even harder up for cash than we thought they were. Their recent “consultation” events have been staffed by a couple of RiverOak people (sometimes only one at a time) and maybe a consultant or two and then some Save Manston Airport campaigners have been doing the rest. There are quite a number of problems with …

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Eighteen planes every night for Herne Bay?

That’s what the future could hold for Herne Bay if American property developers RiverOak have their way. RiverOak, an American company that has never run or owned an airport (or anything else in Britain, come to that), wants the Government to let it open a cargo airport at Manston. RiverOak don’t own the site, so this would mean taking it from …

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All those documents…

People have been having trouble downloading stuff from the puny TDC computer system, so we’ve done the dull stuff for you and downloaded the whole lot for nice easy on-screen reading. Have a look, and do your bit.

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The end of night flights

At long last, Manston’s new owners have applied for planning permission on the site of the failed airport. You can find all the official documents by clicking here: bit.ly/SHPonTDC or, failing that, clicking here: https://planning.thanet.gov.uk/online-applications/ and then searching for application number: OL/TH/16/0550 We’re also providing them here (although the larger reports will be in 3 or 4 bits, rather than …

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