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Like getting blood from a stone, corpuscles from concrete, plasma from paving stones... you get the picture. It can be frustrating for information vampires, thirsting after a few drops of information from TDC. But patience and persistence is rewarded:

Manston unmonitored

Like getting blood from a stone, corpuscles from concrete, plasma from paving stones… you get the picture. It can be frustrating for information vampires, thirsting after a few drops of information from TDC. But patience and persistence is rewarded:


Q. Thank you for your communication received on 10th November 2010 where you asked who is responsible for allowing the current and past operators of Manston airport to flout the S106 and allow TDC to ignore the requirements of the S106 due to the perceived usage of it (the airport) as being low?

A. No one person has made a conscious decision not to pursue action against the airport for breaches in the S106 agreement. Our enforcement regime is based upon a protocol which means that we react to complaints and investigate accordingly. On receipt of complaints we investigate and respond to the complainant to inform them of the action taken.


So there you have it folks, make of it what you will. One person made a sub-conscious (unconscious?) decision, or maybe several people made a conscious decision, to ignore the rights and responsibilities imposed on TDC by the S106. Either way, the “enforcement protocol” consists of “investigation”, reacting to complaints.

Those of us who fondly imagined that there was any form of active monitoring stand corrected.

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  1. No Night flights? A 'plane came over my house in Ramsgate just after 3am this morning – very low and very noisy! Who do I complain to???

  2. I believe the tooth fairy works at night so maybe she's your first port of call?