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Back the fight for council buy-out of Manston airport

SHOULD companies show corporate responsibility for the people whose areas and amenities they exploit? That’s a question currently being answered by people in Manston who are fighting to save our regional airport. Stagecoach tycoon Ann Gloag bought Manston for £1 last October and closed it on May 15, citing losses, in spite of an offer made by the American company …

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What is real reason for closing airport?

The powers-that-be have decided to close Manston Airport yet Lydd has been given the go ahead for expansion. Something like has happened before. There was a lot of opposition to have a train link through Kent years ago for the Channel Tunnel, but that has been built. So I reckon the Thames Estuary airport plans are already in place, whether …

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MP wants by airport to be bought by council

SIR Roger Gale, Herne Bay MP, is backing calls for the compulsory purchase of Manston airport. Sir Roger, with fellow MP Laura Sandys, for Thanet South, says he has told Thanet District Council that it should consider the option of the buyout. Sir Roger said: “We are of the view, which I have reason to understand is shared by the …

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Manston airport to close this week

HOPES of keeping Manston airport open were dealt a fatal blow last Tuesday with the announcement it will shut on Thursday this week. Despite receiving an offer of £5 million from American firm RiverOak Investment, shareholders said the decision had been made to close it. In a statement a spokesman for Manston Airport said: “Following a meeting with staff, I …

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Manston airport must remain open

REGARDING the difficulties involved in running Manston airport, highlighted by David Lainchbury (Wg CDR FCMI RAF Retd) in his letter of April 17, and describing some of the more unpleasant options to replace it should it close down. The future for all parties involved is of greet concern, and whatever the outcome there will be no room for wry smiles. …

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Someone wants to know if you want night flights

The Save Manston Airport group are running a poll on their Facebook page to see how many people are for, and against, night flights. They are dissatisfied with the result of the Thanet-wide poll that TDC conducted, and feel that their Facebook thingummy might count for more. Personally, I attach about as much importance to this kind of poll as …

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Aircraft noise? Wait for what’s coming

IT IS extremely sad to hear of the possible demise of Manston airport. The site served this country very well during two wars and beyond, especially during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Bad enough to contemplate the potential loss of such an historic site, let alone the inevitable economic impact on the local area. There is no doubt that …

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Manston airport is a national asset

WHAT a pity that Conservative councillor Peter Vickery-Jones insists on attacking retired people who get involved in campaigning on local issues (Your Views March 27) as part of his case for keeping Manston airport open. Although I could be classified as such a person, I agree with Peter. Manston airport is a national asset. Even a modest expansion would bring …

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The last ditch bid to save Manston airport

TALKS are taking place this week with a possible buyer for Manston airport. Owner Ann Gloag, who bought the site in October, announced last week that staff are in consultation over the predicted closure by April 9. North Thanet and Herne Bay MP Sir Roger Gale has since revealed he is in discussions with an interested party – if Ann …

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Manston closure: press coverage and video clips

Budget Day 2014 – a good day to bury bad news. Ann Gloag’s timing means that the clock stops ticking for Manston as an airport on 10th May Manston Manston’s website: Manston’s official press statement: “Following a meeting with staff at Manston Airport in Kent today, Wednesday 19th March, we can confirm we have commenced a process of consultation over …

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