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June, 2016

  • 4 June

    CPO finally ruled out at Manston

    Dear Reader, your suspicions have been confirmed – a Compulsory Purchase Order to buy Manston for aviation was always a non-starter. A handful showed an interest. A few were examined more closely, and they were dismal specimens. Three contenders, being marked out of five, on five questions. Full marks would be 25 points each. Between the three of them, in …

February, 2016

  • 9 February

    Deciding Manston’s future

    I’m sure many of you have seen this over on Manston Pickle, but, in case it has passed you by, here’s a little task that you can do that will help Stone Hill Park… OK, here’s a chance for you lovely people to help rational argument to triumph over hysteria, flannel, misrepresentation and a desire to disinter that carcase of …

November, 2015

  • 26 November

    The uncomfortable truth about aircraft tear-down

    QUESTION: Do you want to have aircraft at the very end of their airworthiness making their last ever flight over your kids’ school, your home, your town? FACT: RiverOak’s business plan states they will run a “tear down” operation at Manston – taking out the valuable parts for resale. FACT: These aircraft will be coming from any and every corner …

  • 26 November

    Public support

    Four years ago today, our friends at No Night Flights held their first public meeting at Chatham House School. The hall seated 500. The seats were taken and people still kept coming in. They had to stand. That kind of puts into perspective, doesn’t it, the pitiful response that SMA and SuMA have had for every clarion call that has …

  • 26 November

    Stone Hill Park consultation

    As you will know, the old airport site at Manston is now 80% owned by Discovery Park (Chris Cartner and Trevor Musgrave) who also own the old Pfizer site at Sandwich. They had some initial public consultations in the summer, and they will be running another couple of open events in the beginning of December. Go along, see what they …

July, 2015

  • 6 July

    Manston: testing times

    Some thought-provoking entertainment for you – your end of year examination paper, specialist subject: “The orchestration of mass delusion by public story-telling and aggressive fact avoidance, with reference to the “save” Manston Airport campaign in the year of RogerOak 2014-2015.” Instructions – please answer the questions below, referring to source documents and supporting evidence. What benefits would a cargo airport …

June, 2015

  • 26 June

    Stone Hill Park – the new name for the Manston airport site

    Stone Hill Park is the new name for the Manston airport site. The project to develop a “mixed use” site at Stone Hill Park is being run by Chris Cartner and Trevor Musgrave, who have experience from similar developments at the old Pfizer site in Sandwich, and Wynyard Park, up North. They will be running a couple of public consultations …

  • 25 June

    That PwC report. At last! So what?

    Well, what does a quick skip though the PwC report tell us? Er, well, it doesn’t tell us that RiverOak is a suitable indemnity partner. No siree! It tells us that (had they had infinite resources) TDC could have done a more structured, transparent job and spent more money on much more external advice. But it doesn’t say that they …

  • 15 June

    What’s been happening, and where we are

    We’re conscious that there has been a period of silence from us recently so we’re sending out this update. Some of you will already know what follows, having attended an NNF meeting last Sunday where some of this was discussed. Apologies – it’s long and there are no jokes in it, but a lot is going on behind the scenes. …

May, 2015

  • 20 May

    Living alongside a successful airport

    Most of us naturally feel proud of Thanet’s long association with aviation. Some want to keep it alive through a revival of commercial aviation at Manston, and others see an airport as a source of much-needed jobs. But before committing our future to aviation, we should think about what it would mean to us all if Manston became a commercially …