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Campaigners say Manston should be reliever airport in letter to…

The letter was delivered to Number 10 yesterday Comments (0) CAMPAIGNERS lobbying to reopen Manston airport have delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, making the case for the site to be used as a reliever airport. Representatives from Save Manston Airport, Why Not Manston? and RiverOak, the American firm proposing to bring aviation back to the site, visited Downing …

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Lib Dems call for “Team Thanet” approach on Manston

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Russ Timpson has called for a “Team Thanet” approach to reopening and operating Manston airport. Mr Timpson held a meeting on the airport’s future in Broadstairs today (Tuesday), where speakers included Lib Dem MP for St Austell and Newquay, Stephen Gilbert. Mr Glibert told the meeting local authorities, MPs and the Local Enterprise Partnership had “pulled …

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Government pledges help to see Manston reopened

A minister today told representatives of investment firm RiverOak the government “would leave no stone unturned” in order to help find a way to “rescue” Manston airport. At a meeting of the Transport Select Committee, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP, said prime minister David Cameron took a “keen interest” in the future of the airport. He said the Government would …

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Aviation minister unclear on Manston airport site ownership

Aviation minister Robert Goodwill, (left) and government deputy aviation policy adviser Ben Smith Comments (0) AVIATION minister Robert Goodwill MP has told the Transport Select Committee he is not clear who owns the Manston airport site. The minister gave evidence at a hearing today (Monday) alongside the Department for Transport’s deputy aviation policy adviser Ben Smith. Committee members grilled the pair on …

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Plans revealed for 20-acre solar farm next to Manston airport…

The site of the proposed solar farm, backing onto the airport site Comments (0) PLANS have been submitted to build a solar farm across 20 acres of agriculture land adjacent to the Manston airport site. A planning application submitted on Friday by London-beased firm Solar Planning Ltd, could see 2.31-metre high solar panels constructed on the land. If approved, the farm …

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Airport committee chairman hits out at Sir Roger Gale

MP Sir Roger Gale’s response to news that Bristow plans to base its search and rescue service at Lydd because of the closure of Manston airport has been slammed by the Chairman of the Kent International Airport Consultative Committee (KIACC). Sir Gale had said the decision by Bristow was “neither news nor surprising”. He described KIACC as a “former” committee …

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Manston loses search and rescue

Manston Airport closed last May with the loss of 150 jobs Plans to base search and rescue helicopters at Manston have been scrapped after the airport’s closure. The Kent airfield was announced in 2013 as one of 10 UK bases for the helicopters when private company Bristow takes over the service in July. But a letter from transport minister John …

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Bristow Helicopters could move search and rescue service to Lydd…

Bristow previously planned to base its search and rescue operations for the south east at Manston Comments (0) BRISTOW Helicopters is reportedly speaking to officials at Lydd Airport about moving its search and rescue operation there following the closure of Manston airport. Bristow were due to use Manston airport as a base for its south east search and rescue services, provided …

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Have your say in Manston’s future

This is your big chance to say what you think should happen to the ex-airport site at Manston. Thanet District Council are consulting on their “preferred options” in the Draft Local Plan. This consultation runs from 9th January to 6th March 2015. To be honest, it’s rather tedious, and leaves you thinking “have they deliberately tried to make this awkward?”. BUT (and it’s a big “but”) this …

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Have you seen Pub Landlord Al Murray’s billboard?

Comments (2) AL MURRAY is set for the General Election with his billboard up in Ramsgate. The hoarding on Margate Road opposite the Hare and Hounds Pub says “Vote Common Sense, Vote Guv for Guv’norment”. Bringing the #VOTEFUKP message to Thanet. pic.twitter.com/pmK09v5PV2 Related content — FUKP (@FUKPnews) February 3, 2015 The Pub Landlord, standing for the Free the United Kingdom Party …

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