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Living alongside a successful airport

Most of us naturally feel proud of Thanet’s long association with aviation. Some want to keep it alive through a revival of commercial aviation at Manston, and others see an airport as a source of much-needed jobs. But before committing our future to aviation, we should think about what it would mean to us all if Manston became a commercially …

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Government proposal to extend Discovery Park Enterprise Zone to…

Comments (0) THE government has outlined plans to add Manston airport and Betteshanger to the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone. The status was granted to the then-Pfizer site in August 2011 after the pharmaceutical giant pulled most of its business out of Sandwich. The status, which gives five years of tax breaks potentially worth £21.4 million, access to simplified planning rules and …

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PwC appointed to review decisions made on Manston airport

The airport has been closed since May last year Comments (1) PwC HAS been appointed to review the decisions taken so far on the future of Manston Airport. The Department for Transport made the decision to appoint an independent consultant after Thanet council concluded it could not find a suitable indemnity partner for a compulsory purchase of the site. PwC will …

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Canterbury district jobless total falls over past year

Good news on the jobs front Comments (0) UNEMPLOYMENT in the Canterbury district is falling, according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics today. They showed that 1,139 people were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in the district, a decrease of 0.7 per cent on last year. There was, however, a slight rise on last month, although Debbie McIntosh, …

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Transport Minister John Hayes visits isle for Manston airport…

Transport Minister John Hayes (right) with Tory South Thanet PPC Craig Mackinlay at Manston Comments (0) TRANSPORT Minister John Hayes visited Thanet today to discuss the future of the Manston airport site. Mr Hayes held what he described as a: “very positive” meeting with Thanet council leader Iris Johnston and acting chief executive Madeline Homer this morning (Thursday). The minister revealed the …

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A hill of beans

Manston was to be barred from importing beans unless it was properly registered. Manston applied for registration and was refused. A few days later, it was accepted. What happened in those few days? Nobody wants to say. Last year, Thanet was shocked to the core to learn that Manston might not be allowed to continue importing Kenyan beans at any …

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Why throw good money at bad airport?

In the hope of finding why KCC are peeing our money away, we’ve asked Sharon Dawson (top banana at Visit Kent) some simple and obvious questions. We’ll let you know what, if anything, comes of them. Dear Ms Dawson, I understand that Visit Kent has been given £100,000 of public money in order to ‘market’ KLM flights at Manston.  My …

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Blackballed

I applied online to join the Why Not Manston? campaign. Their refusal is disappointing, but instructive:

Dear Mr Rose,

Last week we provisionally accepted you as a Supporter of our campaign. However, in your covering note, you stated your complete opposition to any Night Flights at the airport.

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Thanet rejects Manston night flights

More than 2,000 residents air their views

More than 2,000 residents took the time to air their views as part of the council’s public consultation on proposals for regular night-time flying at Manston Airport. The majority were opposed to the implementation of regular night-time flying, with approximately 73% opposed, 26% in favour and 1% not clearly stating a position.

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Night flight blight triggers house price crash

Ramsgate property prices have dropped over 7% in the last 6 months.

The effects of "night flight blight" can already be seen in the fall in house prices in Ramsgate, as compared to the rest of Thanet.

Despite its architectural richness, thriving independent retail sector, attractive harbour and the new high speed rail link, prices in Ramsgate over the last 6 months have fallen sharply

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