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June, 2015

  • 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 …

  • 20 May

    CPO is a last resort, and we’re not even close

    It cannot be over-emphasised that the very idea of a CPO runs against the grain of centuries of British justice. One of the three clauses of the 1215 Magna Carta which are still on statute is Clause 39, the right to due process: “No free man shall be arrested, or imprisoned, or deprived of his property, or outlawed, or exiled, …

  • 6 May

    Ramsgate and Herne Bay – the sacrificial lambs

    Many residents are still blissfully unaware that Ramsgate and Herne Bay are facing an environmental catastrophe. When Manston airport was closed, an aggressive campaign group was set up to try to get it reopened. Most of the people running this campaign live in areas which are not affected by aircraft noise. The campaign group has been backed by prominent local politicians …

  • 5 May

    Shameful secrecy, disgraceful conduct

    We’re pretty clear that the whole PwC thing, apparently OK’d by “Dave” Cameron, is a transparent attempt to keep any pro-Manston votes loyal until Farage and UKIP are safely defeated in North and South Thanet. Intrigued by the suggestion that it will take a leading accountancy firm two months to decide whether RiverOak had the dosh for a CPO, we …

  • 5 May

    Keeping up appearances, keeping up hope

    So, just what is going on with this PwC “independent” report about the former airport and the enthusiasts’ dream of a CPO by American “buy-to-letters”, RiverOak? Well, let’s have a little toddle through the chronology of events, shall we? It’s a long post, for which, apologies, but we think this little storm in a wind sock has been very instructive. …

  • 4 May

    Gale: veering and backing

    Put to one side for a minute the fact that RiverOak don’t have hundreds of millions to pay out in compensation; the fact that TDC have yet to negotiate with the owners; and the fact that it is demonstrably not in the public interest to support a cargo airport with huge negative consequences for its neighbours and just 39 jobs, …

  • 4 May

    Roger Gale – joker or knave?

    Oh dear, oh dear, that Rodge, he just can’t help himself when it comes to his emotional attachment to that poor old failed airport. Facts become irrelevant in his desperate desire to resurrect any kind of an airport from the ashes of the extinct one. In the recent one-and-a-half page Gazette puff for Sir Roger’s views as Conservative candidate for Thanet …

  • 3 May

    WTF – Who’s Tony Freudmann?

    Whenever we think about this whole Manston pantomime, we keep coming back to the oddness of a US real estate investment firm, specialising in blocks of flats and student accommodation, suddenly taking it into its head that what it wants to do most in the world is get hold of a failed UK airport and develop a cargo hub on …

  • 2 May

    Manston bullseye

    Ed Targett is the Green Party’s candidate for Thanet North. This article comes from his excellent blog.   Watching the monumental mess surrounding Manston Airport has been sad and I haven’t commented on it thus far. I probably should. My position is simple and no doubt deeply unpopular. I think the very idea of a compulsory purchase order by Thanet …