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February, 2018

  • 18 February

    Our main consultation response

    Dear All, First and foremost, a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone of you who took part in the RSP consultation, and an extra thank you to the hundreds (literally) of you who sent copies of your submissions to No Night Flights. Over the last few weeks, the No Night Flights gang have also been working their little socks …

  • 12 February

    It’s not too late, but it will be soon…

    RSP – a company owned by mystery investors in Belize – is consulting the public about its plans to compulsorily purchase the old airfield at Manston (closed since 2014 when it went bust again) as a national cargo airport. Almost half of air cargo travels by night. Those of you who lived here when the airport was open know that …

February, 2017

  • 26 February

    Leaflets of Joy!

    The Manston saga grinds on. SHP are fine-tuning their plans and dealing with objections. Politicians continue to be political. RiverOak are mooching about in the background, trying to persuade anyone who’ll listen that their cargo airport scheme isn’t even slightly silly. And in the meantime, the old Manston site is frozen in a weird planning limbo while the Council and …

October, 2016

  • 4 October

    Avia Report

    Way back in July, Thanet District Council commissioned Avia Consulting to write a report on the viability of Manston as an airport, giving them £50,000 and a couple of months to complete it. As TDC had already commissioned a report on the viability of Manston as an airport from Falcon Consulting in the summer of 2014, some saw the Avia work …

August, 2016

  • 8 August

    Night Flights – all over again

    I’m sorry to have to tell you that Night Flights are back on the agenda, and it’s worse than ever. This is not scare-mongering or alarmism – in their latest official statement on night flights, the people who want to run Manston as a cargo hub said that they view the threshold for “significant adverse effects” from night flights as being more than 18 flights a night… on average.

  • 4 August

    Half a megatonne short of success

    Aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus were in the Press over the weekend being a bit down in the mouth about future demand for their larger craft. Indeed Boeing wonders if it will have to stop building 747s next year as nobody is buying them anymore. Passenger airlines BA and Iberia both predict a gloomy future and are retreating from their previous …

July, 2016

  • 31 July

    TDC commission report on Manston’s viability as an airport

    Thanet District Council is seeking independent advice on whether Manston Airport has a viable future as an operational airport. This is needed to support the council’s Local Plan process and to meet Government guidance in relation to preparing Local Plans. Expert aviation consultants, Avia Solutions will undertake the study over the next two months. The council needs robust evidence of whether …

  • 28 July

    Fighting for every tonne

    In its Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate, RiverOak quotes a study by Oxford Economics in 2015: “Impacts on the Air Freight Industry, Customers and Associated Business Sectors”. This report was prepared for Transport for London to look at the impact on the air freight business of not increasing airport capacity. The study focuses on air cargo trade that might …

  • 24 July

    Slipshod, slapdash and plain unprofessional

    We’re guessing that RiverOak are even harder up for cash than we thought they were. Their recent “consultation” events have been staffed by a couple of RiverOak people (sometimes only one at a time) and maybe a consultant or two and then some Save Manston Airport campaigners have been doing the rest. There are quite a number of problems with …

  • 13 July

    Eighteen planes every night for Herne Bay?

    That’s what the future could hold for Herne Bay if American property developers RiverOak have their way. RiverOak, an American company that has never run or owned an airport (or anything else in Britain, come to that), wants the Government to let it open a cargo airport at Manston. RiverOak don’t own the site, so this would mean taking it from …