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May, 2015

  • 1 May

    Manston does NOT have to be an airport

    This planning lark! The airport pressure groups like to tell everyone that Cartner & Musgrave’s Manston site is an airport, has always been an airport, and can only ever be an airport. Well, that’s not strictly true, is it? Here are some facts. The old Thanet Local Plan ran out of life years ago. TDC then applied to the Secretary of State …

April, 2015

  • 30 April

    Manston airport owners reveal images of masterplan

    The owners of the former Manston airport have released the first images of what they want the site to look like in the future. Two concepts for the area have been revealed, each with residential areas, commercial space and parkland. The designs have been drawn up based on the redevelopment of European airports like Flugfield Boblingen in Stuttgart, Tempelhof Airport in …

  • 30 April

    Manston airport didn’t work, and neither will RiverOak’s plan

    Out of the mouth of a former airport employee comes a word about the airport’s viability. Or, rather, a word about its non-viability. Read on for lots of lovely facts. As part of the redundancy consultation carried out between March and May 2014, the management team presented employees with the expected running costs for 2014-2015. With revenues of just £2.78m …

  • 29 April

    Manston isn’t on everyone’s radar

    Manston Airport, CPO, Manston Airport, CPO, Manston Airport … if you only read the stuff churned out by the airport enthusiasts, you would think that this is THE key issue facing the country for the next five years. Indeed, the plane lovers are telling their supporters how to vote, purely on the basis of each candidate’s declared (or guessed) support …

  • 29 April

    Great unanswered questions – No. 1 in an occasional series

    If the old airport at Manston is a “national asset”, and if the Conservative Government really, really wants to “save” it, then why, when the owners went to see the Minister for Aviation last year to warn him that they were going to close it, did he and his Government do nothing while it was still operational? Absolutely nothing. Nada. …

  • 29 April

    RiverOak – a fish out of water

    There’s been a lot of nonsense talked about RiverOak, with some airport lobbyists flogging the idea that RiverOak has hundreds of millions of pounds of cash at its disposal to fund the acquisition by CPO of the old airport at Manston. There’s also been a lot of tosh talked about RiverOak suggesting that they own/run Alliance Fort Worth airport. In …

  • 27 April

    Ann Gloag named on Sunday Times Rich List 2015

    Businesswoman Ann Gloag, who closed Manston airport last May has been named on the Sunday Times Rich List. In 2015 list, published yesterday, Mrs Gloag, who retains a minority stake in the Manston site, was said to share a £1.04 billion fortune with her brother Sir Brian Souter. The pair founded transport empire Stagecoach in 1980, which now controls 16 per …

  • 14 April

    Ukip manifesto pledge to re-open Manston

    Ukip will spell out a specific commitment to re-open Manston Airport when it launches its election manifesto tomorrow. The party manifesto will make an explicit reference to Manston, saying that it is ideally placed to address the lack of airport capacity in the south east. Party sources say they want to send a signal that it strongly supports Manston, which …

  • 13 April

    Election 2015: All women panel at Thanet hustings event

    Comments (0) An all women panel of election candidates will speak at a hustings on Wednesday. The fresh Voices event is aimed at letting people hear from females of all parties standing in South Thanet. Speakers will include Lynne O’Donoghue of the Lib Dems, Conservative Lesley Game, Laura Hackett from the We Are The Reality Party and Labour’s Karen Constantine. Ukip …

  • 12 April

    Ukip leader Nigel Farage attacks rivals over Manston Airport interest

    Ukip leader Nigel Farage says his party should take the credit for forcing election rivals to take seriously the future of Manston. The fate of the airport has taken centre stage in the election battle for South Thanet with Ukip holding a rally at Margate’s Winter Gardens yesterday to demonstrate its support to re-open it. The rally, attended by about …