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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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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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Ukip leader Nigel Farage attacks rivals over Manston Airport interest

Ukip leader Nigel Farage says his party should take the credit for forcing election rivals to take seriously the future of Manston. The fate of the airport has taken centre stage in the election battle for South Thanet with Ukip holding a rally at Margate’s Winter Gardens yesterday to demonstrate its support to re-open it. The rally, attended by about …

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Manston airport: owners consider reporting Tories to Electoral…

Site owners are taking legal advice on today’s announcement by the Conservatives Comments (1) THE owners of the Manston airport site are considering whether to make a formal complaint to the Electoral Commission about an announcement made by the Conservatives earlier today. Transport minister John Hayes announced today he was “satisfied” by the indemnity offered by RiverOak, to protect the council …

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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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Shadow transport secretary: government slow to act on Manston…

Shadow transport minister Michael Dugher Comments (0) SHADOW transport secretary Michael Dugher has claimed the government is not acting quickly enough in its attempts to help reopen Manston airport. The MP for Barnsley East was in Ramsgate this afternoon (Thursday) to visit the campaign office of South Thanet Labour candidate Will Scobie. Mr Dugher said: “The government say they are looking …

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Government to review airport CPO

Manston Airport closed last May with the loss of 150 jobs A government review has been ordered into the decision not to go ahead with the compulsory purchase of Kent’s Manston Airport, which closed last May. Thanet District Council (TDC) decided in December it would not go for a compulsory purchase order (CPO), despite the wishes of campaigners. Transport minister …

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Manston loses search and rescue

Manston Airport closed last May with the loss of 150 jobs Plans to base search and rescue helicopters at Manston have been scrapped after the airport’s closure. The Kent airfield was announced in 2013 as one of 10 UK bases for the helicopters when private company Bristow takes over the service in July. But a letter from transport minister John …

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Bristow Helicopters could move search and rescue service to Lydd…

Bristow previously planned to base its search and rescue operations for the south east at Manston Comments (0) BRISTOW Helicopters is reportedly speaking to officials at Lydd Airport about moving its search and rescue operation there following the closure of Manston airport. Bristow were due to use Manston airport as a base for its south east search and rescue services, provided …

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