WITH the move of Herne Bay’s outpatient services to a “hub” at Estuary View in Whitstable having been completed, a leading health campaigner has urged a positive approach from all concerned.Asked if the end of outpatient services in the town might ultimately lead to the demise of Herne Bay’s Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Gillian Fowler, chairman of its League of …Read More »
Comments (0) AFTER all the furore, from Monday people in Herne Bay will have to travel to Whitstable for if they need outpatient services. There has been fierce opposition to the plans to base a ‘hub’ outpatients clinic “hub” at Estuary View in Whitstable, with the running down of services at both Herne Bay’s Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital and Faversham Cottage …Read More »
Infratil’s assessment of their European airports, in their own words… In the 1990s Australia and New Zealand were amongst the first countries to sell state-owned airports and to allow their commercial operation. The resulting value uplift encouraged Australasian investors to look at markets where similar developments were occurring, which led to Europe. Infratil invested in Prestwick, Kent and Lübeck airports …Read More »
Boldly Stepping… KCC are happily throttling themselves with management speak and business jargon, which is why some of their worst ideas are dressed up as “Bold Steps”. The latest in the series is “Bold Steps for Aviation” which is described as “a discussion paper which suggests how the UK’s aviation capacity needs could be met without the need to develop …Read More »
I wonder if Sir Roger Gale MP understands aviation. He says that "the new Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, needs to take a long, hard, look at the available and under-used facilities that already exist. That must, of course, include Manston." And then what? What does he think will happen after this purposeful looking?
The top end of the aviation industry is characterised by huge budgets and small margins. The successful players continually examine and re-examine every opportunity the market has to offer. It is a very pure form of market-driven capitalism, and as his ex-Boss once said "You can't buck the market".
The major (and minor) players in the aviation industry have been examining, and then rejecting, Manston for over a decade. In addition, throughout that time, each owner of Manston has been doing their utmost to attract business. Does Sir Roger really think that a thoughtful stare from a Secretary of State is going to transform a history of hard-headed rejections into a future of warm-hearted embraces?Read More »
Cartoon explains result. No estuary airport! Cheer yourself up – go to Amazon and buy some more Gary Larson stuff like this.Read More »
Medway Council are ready for battle. CPRE Protect Kent are ready to grab the opportunity to point out that the Emperors of Aviation are naked, and (quite brilliantly) want to inject a little democracy into the process. Best of luck guys.
A fierce opponent of a Thames Estuary airport has vowed to fight all the way to the top as controversial plans take a step forward. Medway Council leader Cllr Rodney Chambers wants to work with the Towns' MPs to secure a crisis meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron or Chancellor George Osborne. Mr Cameron was set to announce preliminary backing for a huge airport potentially off the Kent coast - which would dwarf the size of Heathrow - earlier this month, according to a national newspaper.Read More »
Wise words from Paul Francis on the awful consequences of realpolitik and the persistence of dumb ideas. The sudden (re)launch of the estuary airport idea has more to do with Boris' mayoral election bid and recent unemployment figures than strategic infrastructure planning. And then there is the blind faith that an airport automatically translates into employment and regeneration. These apparently impulsive pronouncements from politicians rarely mention the downsides of aviation, and never touch on the fact that aviation itself does not have a long-term future - when the oil runs out, what use is an airport?Read More »
Vince Cable and Alan Willett back Thames Estuary, Paul Carter backs Essex. A Thames Estuary airport has won heavyweight backing from Business Secretary Vince Cable and one of Kent’s most respected figures. With Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne expected to announce today that the government is taking more interest in the controversial plan, former Lord Lieutenant of Kent Allan Willett …Read More »