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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, …

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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. …

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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, …

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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 …

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CPO – Couldn’t Possibly Occur

We have watched with interest the unedifying spectacle of politicians falling over themselves to be the biggest, bestest, shiniest hope for “saving” Manston. Of course, had they really given a monkey’s about the airport rather than just pre-election vote-catching, they would have had a better chance of “saving” this commercial crock had they encouraged their legions of supporters to use the …

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Government not interested in Manston

You see, Sir Roger is convinced that the old airport at Manston was a national asset. Grant Shapps agrees. So does the Roads Minister, John Hayes. Apparently, our glorious leader, “Dave” Cameron, takes valuable time out from fighting for his political future to “back” (solely with the power of thought, we assume) the closed airport. It’s odd, isn’t it, that …

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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 …

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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 …

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Transport minster says hopes of reopening Manston airport given…

The airport has been closed since May last year Comments (0) TRANSPORT minister John Hayes claimed today the Conservatives had delivered a “double boost” to the campaign to reopen Manston airport. Mr Hayes announced this afternoon (Thursday) RiverOak, the firm interested in reopening the Manston, would pay money into an account for use in the process of a compulsory purchase. RiverOak …

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KCC leader Paul Carter says MPs’ report on Manston is a travesty of the truth

The Conservative leader of Kent County Council has hit back at MPs who criticised the authority over its failure to protect Manston as an airport. Cllr Paul Carter has formally complained about a report published by the cross-party transport select committee, saying it is a travesty, misleading and should be withdrawn. MPs on the committee took KCC to task in …

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