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Airport Working Party: unprepared

The AWP may be prepared to shoot itself in the foot, but it’s not preparing for much else. In August this year – 5 months after the airport was put up for sale – the Airport Working Party had one of their games of musical chairs, when the membership and chairmanship changes. When the music stopped, Cllr Jo Gideon had …

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A reader writes

I should like to make a few points, of which Cllr Carter should be informed! Firstly, he says that Manston’s runway is 2,752m. When I checked, it was 2,658m. Heathrow has two runways – 3,500m and 3,570m, with Gatwick’s one at 3,750m. So nowhere near comparable. He says that Manston “is able to cater for all modern jet aircraft”; that’s …

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Infratil is selling Manston, but wants to buy Stansted. Why?

In March 2012, Infratil announced that Manston was up for sale because it wanted to “refocus its investment profile” and concentrate on retail, production and supplying gas and electricity. What they didn’t mention in their press releases was that Manston had lost them money hand over fist ever since they bought it. In the previous couple of years Infratil had …

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Rival group enters battle for Stansted airport

A consortium led by an Australasian investment manager has emerged as an early rival to Manchester Airports Group in the £1bn battle for Stansted airport. Morrison & Co, which operates out of New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong, is heading a bid team that also includes the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Infratil, a Wellington-based infrastructure investor. Stansted was finally …

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KCC’s contribution, for what it’s worth

Boldly Stepping… KCC are happily throttling themselves with management speak and business jargon, which is why some of their worst ideas are dressed up as “Bold Steps”. The latest in the series is “Bold Steps for Aviation” which is described as “a discussion paper which suggests how the UK’s aviation capacity needs could be met without the need to develop …

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Night Flights vote – political views

Although supportive of Manston Airport, Thanet District Council agreed at Full Council last night (24th May) that it could not support the introduction of the airport's proposed scheduled night-time flying. Councillors were considering the council's consultation response to proposals submitted by airport owners Infratil to introduce night flying operations between 23:00 hours and 07:00 hours.

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Night Flights vote – press coverage

Vote against Manston Airport night flights plan BBC 25th May 2012 Plans for night flights from Manston Airport in Kent have been opposed by Thanet District Council. At a meeting on Thursday, the Labour-controlled council voted against all night flights to or from the airport. Charles Buchanan, the airport’s chief executive, said: “We are disappointed the council is not supporting …

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Night Flights vote

TDC listened, and said “No” – will Mr Buchanan get the message? On the face of it, it looks like a straightforward example of democracy at its best. If only. A local council is faced with a difficult decision that involves complex technical issues. Quite correctly it takes advice from technical experts – in this case, two separate firms of …

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Thursday 24th May

TDC have drawn up a draft response to Manston's proposal for night flights. Their response is informed by advice from independent experts, and guided by the result of the recent public consultation.

The answer is "No", and on Thursday they'll be voting to confirm that as their official position.

This may be your chance to let them know how you would like them to vote.

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Crunch vote on Manston night flights coming soon

A crunch vote on night flights will take place this month as Thanet council prepares to give its final views. Councillors have to choose whether to support plans for up to eight flights a night between 11pm and 7am.

Last week, the Labour cabinet was accused of being "anti-airport" when it agreed that, in response to the airport's consultation, it would not support night flights.

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