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April, 2009

  • 30 April

    The bid for BAWC night flights

    Before I die of rage...

    I should have known better. I should have been ready, but I was taken aback by the torrent of special pleading, contradictory arguments, anti-logic and selective perception of reality.

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  • 28 April

    CCC’s Regeneration Department

    My favourite starfish

    In the interests of spreading our love and help far and wide we (Mrs Earplugs and I) met up with some of the Canterbury people who will be dealing with Thanet District Council over the next few months while Infratil’s Masterplan is being goggled at.

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  • 21 April

    Instant torpor

    Dear reader, how I have missed our little tête-à-têtes. Or more strictly speaking, doigts-aux-yeux, but that sounds much less cosy. There has been a deathly quiet from the general direction of Canterbury City Council’s Lethal and Demagogic Dept. But I have news! There will be nothing happening for a little bit longer. Officially. I was so twirled by the giddying pace of events …

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  • 9 April

    Manston is a poor investment

    No quarter? Manston's impending doom

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  • 6 April

    Brazier’s assertions

    Telling it like it isn't

    Following the horrifying revelation that one of our elected representatives has been misrepresenting us, I have unleashed the merciless Mrs Earplugs. Blessed with eternal youth, bionic implants and the ability to kick-box without scuffing her Manolo Blahnik's, Mrs E now has the bit firmly between her razor-sharp teeth. We're not at DefCon 5 (unbridled bloodlust), but she's getting that restless, questing look in her eyes.

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  • 5 April

    Recycling Manston Airport

    Rearrange Kent International Airport

    Itinerant oriental pork ant. Ran into proletarian kitten. Anoint potential errant irk. Better still, turn it into something more useful than an anagram...
    One of the commonest uses for an old airport is as the foundations for a new airport. Understandably - if it's in the right place...

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  • 4 April

    Brazier’s mistake

    Support act

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  • 4 April

    Manston keeps failing. What next?

    Controlled descent...

    Infratil bought Manston for £17 million and are happy to spend £10-20 million on it before pulling the plug, so from their point of view KIA is small but far from trivial. Infratil's European airport investments are performing poorly. Infratil are big enough to take the hit by cross-subsidising, but not indefinitely.

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  • 4 April

    YES WE CAN: make it work

    Profitable. Sustainable. Sound commercial proposition. Good corporate citizen. These are just some of the good things that happen when you work with, rather than against, those around you. It's not rocket science. It's not even science. It's sense.

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  • 1 April

    Better monitoring needs better radar

    Altitude thickness

    In the Olden Days (2005), Manston’s radar wasn’t good enough to tell them exactly where their planes were. They couldn’t tell the exact height because they only had Primary Surveillance Radar.

    In the Modern Age (2009) they also have Secondary Surveillance Radar (they buy a feed from the MoD) so they can now tell the height of planes as they pass over Herne Bay. And elsewhere, presumably.

    But they don’t record it.

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  • 1 April

    Changes to airport master plan


    Clipping: thisiskent

    Thanet council’s leading group is to consider a report recommending changes to the Manston airport draft master plan. On Thursday, April 9 the Tory cabinet will discuss recommendations made by its airport working party, chaired by Cllr Bob Bayford, in response to proposals put forward by airport owners Infratil.

    Proposed amendments include more specific measurable targets on the airport’s environmental goals including sustainability, becoming carbon neutral, and emission control including proposals on airline offsetting measures.

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March, 2009

  • 31 March

    Patience is a virtue

    Eight weeks ago the Executive were alerted to their imminent criminality. I replaced my blood with espresso to ready myself for the frenetic pace of their response. They wondered. Legal pondered. Time dragged. I could have saved myself a fortune in coffee bills: I should have got some decent time-lapse photography kit. From which you will have gathered that not …

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  • 24 March

    No case for night flights

    Something of the night

    They must be bats, wanting to fly in the dark. Not in the squeaky, blood-sucking sense. Just a bit nutso. Re-tune your ears and minds to human frequencies and I'll explain...

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  • 22 March

    Freight over-stated

    Nosey, picky

    Infratil's silver-tongued spinners at Maxim PR told the world that Manston currently handled "33,000 tonnes of freight" when they trumpeted Infrapenny's MasterPlan (8th Oct 2008). Oops.

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  • 18 March

    British Airways reject Manston airport

    SLEEPERS can rest easy for awhile after British Airways shelved plans to fly noisy cargo planes over the area. Complaints flooded in after the airline was given the go ahead to fly 11 planes out of Kent International Airport at Manston and across Herne Bay, Tankerton and Chestfield the town between 6am and 11.30pm every day. Canterbury City Council was given just five days to respond to the proposal passed by its Thanet counterparts late last month.

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  • 18 March

    The very thought

    “Members suggested the need to communicate and establish a working relationship with the Kent International Airport Consultative Committee (KIACC).” Thanet District Council’s Airport Working Group minutes, 27th Feb 2009 Great idea, guys. It’s never too late.

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