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February, 2017

  • 26 February

    Leaflets of Joy!

    The Manston saga grinds on. SHP are fine-tuning their plans and dealing with objections. Politicians continue to be political. RiverOak are mooching about in the background, trying to persuade anyone who’ll listen that their cargo airport scheme isn’t even slightly silly. And in the meantime, the old Manston site is frozen in a weird planning limbo while the Council and …

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January, 2017

  • 3 January

    Victorian Shelter

    In a nutshell Our Victorian Shelter was burned to the ground in 2011, and not a lot has happened since, but our Council now wants us to show them that we DO want it replaced. There is an online petition on the Council website that you can sign – bit.ly/VSPET – and there is a paper petition that you can …

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December, 2016

  • 15 December

    The knitted Herne Bay postbox topper has been ‘stolen’ from…

    The disappearance of one of Herne Bay’s now legendary Christmas postbox toppers has sparked panic and disappointment in the town.One of the famous knitted toppers on the Ivanhoe Road pillar box, off Mickleburgh Hill, vanished this morning (December 15).Each topper takes a month to complete and the crew have previously asked nearby residents to keep an eye on them as …

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October, 2016

  • 4 October

    Avia Report

    Way back in July, Thanet District Council commissioned Avia Consulting to write a report on the viability of Manston as an airport, giving them £50,000 and a couple of months to complete it. As TDC had already commissioned a report on the viability of Manston as an airport from Falcon Consulting in the summer of 2014, some saw the Avia work …

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August, 2016

  • 15 August

    Herne Bay air show pilot praised for avoiding beach spectators

    An air show pilot who ditched his plane into the sea in order to steer clear of crowds is praised by rescuers and colleagues.

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  • 8 August

    Night Flights – all over again

    I’m sorry to have to tell you that Night Flights are back on the agenda, and it’s worse than ever. This is not scare-mongering or alarmism – in their latest official statement on night flights, the people who want to run Manston as a cargo hub said that they view the threshold for “significant adverse effects” from night flights as …

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  • 4 August

    Half a megatonne short of success

    Aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus were in the Press over the weekend being a bit down in the mouth about future demand for their larger craft. Indeed Boeing wonders if it will have to stop building 747s next year as nobody is buying them anymore. Passenger airlines BA and Iberia both predict a gloomy future and are retreating from their previous …

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July, 2016

  • 31 July

    TDC commission report on Manston’s viability as an airport

    Thanet District Council is seeking independent advice on whether Manston Airport has a viable future as an operational airport. This is needed to support the council’s Local Plan process and to meet Government guidance in relation to preparing Local Plans. Expert aviation consultants, Avia Solutions will undertake the study over the next two months. The council needs robust evidence of whether …

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  • 28 July

    Fighting for every tonne

    In its Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate, RiverOak quotes a study by Oxford Economics in 2015: “Impacts on the Air Freight Industry, Customers and Associated Business Sectors”. This report was prepared for Transport for London to look at the impact on the air freight business of not increasing airport capacity. The study focuses on air cargo trade that might …

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  • 24 July

    Slipshod, slapdash and plain unprofessional

    We’re guessing that RiverOak are even harder up for cash than we thought they were. Their recent “consultation” events have been staffed by a couple of RiverOak people (sometimes only one at a time) and maybe a consultant or two and then some Save Manston Airport campaigners have been doing the rest. There are quite a number of problems with …

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  • 13 July

    Eighteen planes every night for Herne Bay?

    That’s what the future could hold for Herne Bay if American property developers RiverOak have their way. RiverOak, an American company that has never run or owned an airport (or anything else in Britain, come to that), wants the Government to let it open a cargo airport at Manston. RiverOak don’t own the site, so this would mean taking it from …

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June, 2016

  • 9 June

    All those documents…

    People have been having trouble downloading stuff from the puny TDC computer system, so we’ve done the dull stuff for you and downloaded the whole lot for nice easy on-screen reading. Have a look, and do your bit.

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  • 4 June

    The end of night flights

    At long last, Manston’s new owners have applied for planning permission on the site of the failed airport. You can find all the official documents by clicking here: bit.ly/SHPonTDC or, failing that, clicking here: https://planning.thanet.gov.uk/online-applications/ and then searching for application number: OL/TH/16/0550 We’re also providing them here (although the larger reports will be in 3 or 4 bits, rather than …

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  • 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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July, 2015

  • 22 July

    Herne Bay developments up in the air?

    So I “took one for the team” and spent the day at the Local Plan Public Inquiry at Herne Bay, a day I’ll never get back. I managed to elbow my way through the crowds (!) to get a front row seat, which turned out to be a shrewd move – the acoustics were appalling.           …

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  • 19 July

    Local Plan Inquiry – in Herne Bay for one day ONLY!

    Those of you have been following the development of the Local Plan will know that Herne Bay is in line to get royally screwed – the proposed housing will increase the size of our town by between a quarter and a third. In recognition of the potentially devastating impact this will have, the powers that be in Canterbury have kindly allowed …

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