Transport Minister John Hayes (right) with Tory South Thanet PPC Craig Mackinlay at Manston
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 Department for Transport is gearing up to make an announcement regarding Manston, but refused to be drawn on when this would take place.
Mr Hayes said: “The government from the Prime Minister down understand the passion of local people about Manston and understand that Manston plays a part in the wider local economy.
“I want to make very clear that there is more we are going to say. We will in due course, I’m not going to do that today, I am going to tell you that I am going to do it.
“There is an absolute certainty that we cannot let the grass grow under our feet. I do not want this to drag on, I do not want local people to feel this is going to be an endless process.
“This is not going to be endless, it is going to be thorough and it is going to be done with the utmost professionalism.”
The Department for Transport is currently inspecting information submitted by Thanet council and American firm RiverOak, which wants to acquire the site through a compulsory purchase agreement.