Latest Manston Airport News & Archive

RSP Announce Six Week Formal Public Consultation

RSP have announced that their formal public consultation events will commence on Monday 12th June. "The consultation will last for ...
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RiverOak (RSP) Apply for a new licence to access the Manston Airport site

RiverOak Strategic Partnership Limited (RSP) have had to apply for a new licence to access the Manston Airport site. The ...
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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall insists ‘anything is possible’ as he hints at future for Manston Airport on visit to Kent

The future of Manston Airport was discussed yesterday by UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall when he paid a visit to Thanet ...
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Dover District Council Cabinet submit representations to the Thanet Local Plan Consultations.

At today's Dover District Council Cabinet Meeting, the Cabinet voted unanimously to accept the Officer's recommendations to submit the following ...
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Manston Airport Change of Use Planning Appeal Public Inquiry – Day 4 (Final)

The final day of the inquiry saw the following: Site visit to Manston Airport. Oral evidence by Sue Girdler of TG ...
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Manston Airport Change of Use Planning Appeal Public Inquiry – Day 3

Day three saw the following: Oral submission by Sir Roger Gale MP (in opposition to the appeal), with cross examination ...
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Manston Airport Change of Use Planning Appeal Public Inquiry – Day 2

Unfortunately, again only witnesses and the representatives from RiverOak Strategic Partners have decided to use the microphones provided, so that ...
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Manston Airport Change of Use Planning Appeal Public Inquiry – Day 1

From "The Isle of Thanet News": A Public Inquiry into the change of use of four buildings at Manston airport ...
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RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) commission a feasibility study into use of Remote Tower technologies in regards to Air Traffic Control

In basic terms this is a study into not having Air Traffic Controllers based at Manston, but instead at some ...
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Dover District Council’s Chief Executive to propose representations to the Thanet Local Plan in connection with Manston Airport

The Chief Executive of Dover District Council, Nadeem Aziz, has prepared a report containing suggested representations be made to Thanet District ...
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RiverOak publish Draft Statement of Community Consultation

RiverOak have published their draft Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) which has already been sent to Thanet District Council, Kent ...
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‘History of Manston Airfield’ sites now available

For more details on the history of Manston, there is now a new website, Facebook page and Twitter account. They bring ...
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RiverOak’s Environmental Team visit Manston

RiverOak Investments have spent their first day on site today (7 February 2017) after gaining access to Manston Airport to ...
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Breaking: Edi Truell responds to Stone Hill Park’s statement released today

With his direct permission to release, Edi Truell states: "Our team have invested in 14 airports around the world; having ...
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Disruptive Capital to commission a viability report of their plan for Manston Airport

It has been announced today that the London based investment company, Disruptive Capital, with Edi Truell as Chairman, is to commission ...
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Lydd Airport Expansion – but no surface transport improvements?

News from Lydd Airport has been rather sparse of late - it would appear that negotiations have been taking rather ...
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Sir Roger Gale on infrastructure development in the South East

The latest press release from Sir Roger Gale covers some good points about the need for infrastructure development generally in ...
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Planning Applications for Masts at Richborough Refused

Both the Global Vigilant and the New Line Networks masts planned at Richborough have been refused planning permission at Dover ...
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Upcoming Thanet Local Plan Consultations 2017 – Have Your Say

This Friday, 20th January 2017, Thanet District Council open their 8 week Public Consultation of the draft Local Plan. This is ...
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Carol Vorderman

Sir Roger Gale MP and Carol Vorderman launch all-party group for general aviation

Carol Vorderman has joined an all party Parliamentary group (APPG) which yesterday launched a fight for the £3bn General Aviation ...
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RiverOak – Manston Airport Aviation Academy

RiverOak have produced this document, dated September 2016, in response to the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission. In it, they ...
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Air cargo demand improvements set to continue in 2017

From Air Cargo News 10.1.2017 "The latest statistics from IATA show that air cargo demand in freight tonne km terms ...
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After a 25 year absence the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment returns to Thanet (at DFTDC Manston)

The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment - The Tigers are returning to Thanet and will be based at the Defence ...
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Section 53: ‘Rights of Entry’ to Manston granted to RiverOak

The Section 53 notice has gone up on the Planning Inspectorate Portal. It lays out the terms and conditions allowing ...
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Lembit Opik’s Sunday discussion programme on BBC Radio Kent today (8th January 2017)

Manston Airport was the subject of another of Lembit Opik's discussion programmes on BBC Radio Kent today. In it, Cllr ...
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Happy New Year and a look forward into 2017

Happy New Year from the SuMA Team! We are expecting 2017 to be the definitive year for the Manston Airport ...
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2016 – A Campaign Year in Review

As we approach the end of yet another year of campaigning here is a quick round up of some of ...
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all the team

We would just like to wish all our supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We also ...
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Public Inquiry for Change of Use Planning Appeal (24th Jan 2017) – Delayed

We have had word from the Case Manager, that the Public Inquiry into the Change of Use of four Manston buildings ...
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RiverOak welcomes permission to access Manston Airport site from the Planning Inspectorate

An update from RiverOak. Dec 20, 2016 | Media statement On Monday 19 December the Planning Inspectorate confirmed to Bircham ...
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Thanet District Council withdraw change of use planning objections

At the TDC Planning Meeting last night, 14th December, the Planning Committee passed a motion to withdraw their objections to ...
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Current excavations at Manston Airport

We have received this official statement from Simon Mason, Principal Archaeological Officer at Kent County Council after we made representations ...
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Upcoming Thanet Local Plan Consultations

Thanet’s next draft Local Plan consultation is due to begin on or around 9th January 2017 and will run for ...
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Upcoming Planning Committee Meeting and Likely Exclusions

There has been a lot of recent commentary regarding item 7 listed in TDC’s Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 14th ...
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Cabinet Meeting – 8th December 2016 – Draft Local Plan and Manston

At tonight’s Cabinet meeting, attended by SuMA, Deputy Leader Cllr Lin Fairbrass presented agenda item 7 regarding the Thanet Local ...
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Draft Local Plan – New Settlement Mitigation Study (draft)

A supplementary document to the Local Plan Annex 6 appears, alongside others, in the minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny ...
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Full Council Meeting – 1st December 2016 – Manston & Local Plan

In the Meeting of the Council, December 1st 2016, attended by members of SuMA, although there were only minimal discussions in ...
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Overview & Scrutiny Panel Meeting – 21st November 2016 – Draft Local Plan and Manston

The main subject at last night's Extraordinary Overview & Scrutiny Panel meeting (21st November 2016) at Thanet District Council, attended ...
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Manston – case study in conflict by Lembit Opik

As published here: http://www.ftnonline.co.uk/2016/11/01/manston-case-study-conflict/ on 1st November 2016. Flying politician Lembit Öpik reviews the on-going dispute over the future of Manston Airport ...
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Public Enquiry for Change of Use Planning Appeal Scheduled for 24th January 2017

The date for the Public Inquiry into the change of use of four buildings at Manston Airport has been announced ...
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RiverOak Investments: “Thanet Council consistently ignoring RiverOak communication”

Thanet Council consistently ignoring RiverOak communication Nov 18, 2016 | Media statement from RiverOak Investments RiverOak has made numerous attempts ...
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Thanet District Council issue update on Manston Airport and responses to RiverOak from Avia Solutions

Thanet District Council have issued a comprehensive explanation of the current status of Manston Airport in the form of Questions ...
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Cabinet Approve the Economic Growth Strategy for Thanet report, as altered by Overview & Scrutiny to be impartial about Manston

Last night's Thanet District Council Cabinet meeting (17th November 2016) was attended by members of the SuMA committee. We were ...
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City financier Edi Truell hits back at ‘speculator’ jibes by Stone Hill Park over his plans for Manston Airport

Edi Truell has given us his permission to publish the email he sent earlier on 15th November 2016 to selected ...
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Breaking News: Press Release from UKIP Thanet concerning Edi Truell and Manston Airport

Press Release from UKIP Thanet today (15th November 2016) regarding Edi Truell: UKIP Thanet has read Edi Truell's recent email ...
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Discovery Park bosses SELL the former Pfizer site

While we continue to wish Discovery Park under the management of Paul Barber, well with their site, we will continue ...
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Proposed New Local Plan suggests up to 3,000 homes on Manston

The proposed new Local Plan document has been posted on the Council website for presentation before an emergency Overview and ...
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Does the UK really need a ‘Mega-Hub’ airport?

An, arguably valid, opinion by International Airport Review, about what Sir Howard Davies missed in regard to Manston, and other, ...
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A view about Manston Airport from Sir Roger Gale, 2nd November 2016

"At a meeting in Beltinge Village Hall convened by the Herne Bay Town Crier last week the lead item was ...
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RiverOak Respond to KCC Draft Transport Plan Consultation

RiverOak have published their letter by RPS Planning & Development, on their behalf, in response to the latest KCC Local ...
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Long term development plans resurrected for Port of Ramsgate and Manston Business Park

There are long term proposals being brought back to light this evening (Thursday 27th October 2016) about a multi-million pound ...
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Keeping Manston Airport on standby for Operation Stack has cost the taxpayer at least £3.5 million

It seems scandalous to give Stone Hill Park that amount of taxpayers money when freight could have been landing on the ...
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Thanet councillor Peter Evans quits planning role after video records him vowing to stop Stone Hill Park development

We commend local councillor Peter Evans for standing up for his principles. Article from http://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/ukip-councillor-quits-planning-role-114726/ The chairman of Thanet District Council’s ...
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Overview & Scrutiny Panel – 25th October 2016 – Draft Economic Growth Strategy

Tonight members of SuMA attended the Overview and Scrutiny Panel meeting at Thanet District Council to witness the debate concerning ...
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Airport Capacity in the South-East

By now, it is likely that most have seen or heard of the Government’s decision that a new runway will ...
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Chris Grayling is set to signal an appetite for new runways at UK regional airports this week

Chris Grayling MP is set to signal an appetite for new runways at UK regional airports this week, in a ...
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Further observations on the Avia viability report on Manston Airport

Next week RiverOak are due to publish their full rebuttal of the Avia report following their interim response last week ...
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Chris Wells: “Riveroak need to pull some serious evidence out of the bag”

SuMA Committee members attended the Thanet District Council meeting last night (13th October 2016) to hear the Leader's comments regarding the ...
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RiverOak Outline Their Proposed Rebuttal of the Avia Solutions Viability Report

RiverOak have issued this statement today in connection with the viability report on Manston Airport. RiverOak: Factual errors, poor methodology ...
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Heathrow cargo soars in the wake of Brexit vote

In contrast to the negativity of the Avia Report which states that freight in the UK is stagnating comes this ...
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Russ Timpson

Thanet Lib Dems Say that Manston Airport Report is Narrow and Blinkered

PRESS RELEASE WEDNESDAY, 12TH OCTOBER 2016 Thanet Lib Dems Say that Manston Airport Report is Narrow and Blinkered The recently ...
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Jet traffic jam – a view on Manston by a Airliner Pilot

A view published in the Telegraph today by someone with first-hand knowledge of the issue with airport capacity in the ...
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RiverOak Investments respond to Avia Solutions report

RiverOak Investments have posted this statement on their website in response to today's viability report on Manston Airport by Avia ...
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Supporters of Manston Airport Statement on the Viability Report

We are extremely disappointed, and somewhat surprised, by today's published Avia Report regarding the future viability of Manston Airport. We ...
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The Manston Airport viability report is out

The Manston Airport Viability report is out. Thanet District Council's Press Release: https://www.thanet.gov.uk/the-thanet-magazine/press-releases/2016/october/manston-airport-viability-report/ The Viability Report: https://www.thanet.gov.uk/media/3500741/Final-Report-for-TDC-Manston-Airport-Viability-Oct2017_2.pdf Avia's Summary: It is ...
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Cllr Chris Wells expects rows over both Dreamland and Manston Airport to be “fixed within weeks”

In this weekend's Kent on Sunday, Cllr Wells said:“Things will start moving quickly, I expect both Dreamland and Manston to ...
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Frederick Forsythe: “Kent holds the key to solving airport congestion”

Frederick has again pushed Manston in his Daily Express column today (he did this previously in January 2016: http://www.supportmanstonairport.org/frederick-forsyths-comment-manston-airport/) "THE ...
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Public Enquiry for Change of Use Planning Appeal Delayed until 2017

We understand that the Public Inquiry, has now been postponed from 1st November 2016 until January 2017. The Inquiry is ...
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KCC “strongly supports” statement on SHP Planning application response was a “mistake”

The matter of the consultee response by KCC to the planning application of Stone Hill Park where it was quoted ...
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Consultation feedback shows overwhelming support for Manston Airport DCO proposals

Sep 20, 2016 | Media statement 90% of local people who took part in the recent informal consultation by RiverOak ...
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Manston’s role in Operation Market Garden, 17th September 1944

Main Image: An Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle of either No. 296 or 297 Squadron RAF, taking off from Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, with ...
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Boris Johnson says Heathrow should be ‘consigned to the dustbin’

Heathrow expansion is a “fantasy” and should be “consigned to the dustbin”, Boris Johnson has said ahead of a decision ...
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Stone Hill Park remove “Manston Tree” on Battle of Britain Day. Commemoration service held.

As a campaign group, we were disappointed that "Battle of Britain Day" was the day the current owners of Manston had ...
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“Government would be perfectly supportive of proposals to develop a freight hub at Manston”

Press release from Sir Roger Gale MP Manston Airport – Government confirms support for an air freight hub The Secretary of ...
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Battle of Britain Day, 15th September 1940

New Luftwaffe tactics On 15 September - now known as "Battle of Britain Day" - the Luftwaffe launched two huge ...
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RiverOak appoints Suzanne Ornsby QC for Lothian Shelf planning appeal inquiry

Sep 14, 2016 | Media statement RiverOak Investments has appointed Suzanne Ornsby QC to represent the firm at the forthcoming ...
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Let Britain Fly publish report and letter on the importance to air freight to UK Exports

Let Britain Fly have released a report into the importance of air freight to UK exports. Some extracts: "A quick ...
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RiverOak responds to inaccurate ‘No Night Flights’ allegations

Sep 6, 2016 | Media statement On Kent Online today (6 September 2016), the No Night Flights campaign suggests, among ...
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5th September 2016 – Last day for RiverOak’s informal consultation responses – Act now!

Today, 5th September 2016 is the last day you can have your say on the informal consultation, at the address ...
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Public Enquiry for change of use appeals to be held 1st November 2016

We have received notice that the Public Inquiry into the refusal of the change of use of one building at ...
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Kent County Council “strongly supports” Stone Hill Park plans, but at a price of over £24.8 million

It comes as no surprise that Kent County Council, led by the apparently anti-airport Leader Paul Carter, “strongly supports” the ...
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Meeting Notes published for meeting on 19th July between RiverOak and Planning Inspectorate

The notes of the latest meeting notes between RiverOak and the Planning Inspectorate have been published. Extracted from the report: File ...
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Two eventful days for Manston, 28th August 1940 and 1942 – Churchill’s visit and 56 emergency landings

Prime Minister, Winston Churchill visits in 1940 and 56 emergency landings in one night in 1942 see the approval for ...
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RiverOak responds to inaccuracies in Stone Hill Park comments on Kent Online

RiverOak Investments has highlighted inaccuracies in comments by Stone Hill Park spokesman Ray Mallon in the Kent Online business story ...
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Dover District Council reaffirms their support of the campaign to retain Manston as an operational airport

The leader of Dover District Council, Paul Watkins has formally responded to the pre-consultation documents in connection with RiverOak's plans ...
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Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum suffering from decline in visitor numbers since closure

This is part of the very real way that the current closure of the airport affects everything around us, including ...
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24th August proves to be an eventful date in history for Manston airfield and Thanet

August 24th was an eventful day for Manston airfield and Thanet, in more than one year: #OnThisDay1940 264 Sqn Defiants ...
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Letter in this week’s Isle of Thanet Gazette from SuMA

A letter by SuMA published in this week's Isle of Thanet Gazette There has been some criticism of Thanet District ...
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Manston attacked on ‘The Hardest Day’, 18th August 1940

Described by many as "The Hardest Day", Manston escaped most of what the Luftwaffe would today throw at the RAF ...
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Bristow Marks First Anniversary of Search and Rescue at Lydd Airport

News back in April confirmed that Bristow would be maintaining a permanent service run from Lydd Airport and not from ...
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Improved Email Subscription System

We are updating our email subscription service which has been in place now for over a year, in order to ...
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A city financier will take part in the new Manston airport study

It is really good news that a party with infrastructure expertise and readily promoting infrastructure in this country will be ...
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Manston takes the full force of Luftwaffe attack against airfields, 12th August 1940

12th August 1940 marked the first major raid inland against RAF airfields by the Luftwaffe and Manston was to feel ...
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Planning Inspectorate Publishes their Scoping Opinion and Consultee Responses to RiverOak’s Scoping Report

The Planning Inspectorate has published their Scoping Opinion in response to Riveroak's Scoping report for Manston Airport. This basically considers ...
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Respond to KCC’s Transport Consultation to support a re-opened Manston Airport

Kent County Council have opened a far-reaching consultation called the Local Transport Plan 4 which will run until 30th October ...
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Stone Hill Park Consultation Zoom

Representation made to the Stone Hill Park Planning application on behalf of Mr Hilton

A representation made on behalf of Mr Hilton, the owner of the former Manston Court Garage and Worlds Wonder site, ...
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Thanet District Council publish brief for the latest Manston Airport Viability Report

Thanet District Council have published details about the latest independent report commissioned into the viability of Manston Airport. The Council ...
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Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps and BIG Group’s Report Pushes for Regional Airport Expansion

Following on from our post reporting on the push for the British Infrastructure Group's (BIG) Report for a decision on ...
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Response to the Stone Hill Park Planning Application by Environmental Health

Environmental Health's submission to the planning application by Stone Hill Park for Manston Airport has been published on the planning ...
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RiverOak’s Statement Submitted to the Planning Appeals at Manston Airport

As we know SHP (Lothian Shelf (718) Ltd) have lodged an appeal against Thanet District Council (TDC) because of the ...
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Kent Wildlife Trust “Holding Objection” to Stone Hill Park Planning Application

The latest submission on SHP's planning application is from the Kent Wildlife Trust who say - "Kent Wildlife Trust would ...
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London City Airport

£344 million London City Airport expansion hailed by Chancellor

London City Airport expansion will create 1,600 airport jobs and potentially add £1.5 billion to the UK economy by 2025 ...
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New Study Commissioned into the Viability of Manston Airport

Thanet District Council have posted that they have instructed an independent viability study into the future of Manston Airport to ...
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Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps Urging for South East Airport Expansion Decision

Grant Shapps is leading a group of MPs in urging the Prime Minister to make a final decision about airport ...
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MOD Secondary Objection to Stone Hill Park Planning Application

The MOD have submitted a secondary document to the planning applications by Stone Hill Park. This concentrates on the effect ...
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RiverOak dispels night flight myths

RiverOak have issued a statement to counter discussions on night flights. "RiverOak investments would like to dispel the myth that ...
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Riveroak’s Tony Freudmann interview with BBC Radio Kent

BBC Radio Kent's Jo Burn talking to Riveroak's Tony Freudmann about their plans. Unfortunately their "80" people present seems a ...
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John Hayes MP heading back to the Department for Transport

"John Hayes MP has been appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Transport" https://twitter.com/transportgovuk/status/754077564075962368 It is reported that ...
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Patrick McLouglin moved from Transport and departments to close

Patrick McLouglin has been moved from Transport to become Conservative Party Chairman and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Department ...
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Lord Heseltine will chair a new commission to revitalise economic development in the Thames Estuary from Stratford to Thanet

He could make a obvious start in Thanet by overseeing the reopening of Manston Airport. From: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent-business/county-news/thames-estuary-kent-lord-heseltine-98946/ Lord Heseltine will launch ...
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Response to the Stone Hill Park Planning Application by Southern Water

There are some interesting comments amongst what appears to be a lot of requirements, so we have extracted a few ...
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Stone Hill Park Consultation Zoom

Response to the Stone Hill Park Planning Application by Dover District Council

A positive and unequivocal response from the Leader of neighbouring Dover Council supporting the role of Manston as an Airport ...
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Manston Planning Appeals Hearing CANCELLED

The Case Officer responsible for the planning appeals has notified us that the 'informal hearing' this week (set for Wednesday ...
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MOD Objection to Stone Hill Park Planning Application

The MOD have submitted an objection to the planning applications by Stone Hill Park. They are concerned that the proximity ...
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RiverOak Investments publish pre application proposals and updated plan for Manston Airport

RiverOak Investments have published more details on their 'Informal Consultation' and an updated 'Our Proposals for Manston'. This includes a ...
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Time is running out to submit your objections!

You have up to the end of this Friday, 8th July 2016, to submit your objections about Stone Hill Park's proposed mixed ...
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Riveroak Informal consultation dates confirmed

RiverOak Investments are holding six informal, drop-in, consultation events in July about their proposals for Manston. Here are the dates: ...
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Riveroak’s Scoping Report published

The Scoping Report for the Development Consent Order being pursued by RiverOak has been published on the National Infrastructure Planning ...
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Why Not Manston? group’s Annual General Meeting

A reminder that the 'Why Not Manston?' group will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 25th June 2016 ...
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Kent and Thanet councils pledge to carry on with Thanet Parkway station despite rising project costs

To complement what Russ is saying in the earlier article is a second report about KCC and TDC's continued commitment to ...
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Russ Timpson

Future of Manston: The view of Liberal Democrat Russ Timpson

Liberal Democrat Russ Timpson, supporter of and campaigner for Manston Airport, talks about the importance of the airport to future ...
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Manston’s role on D-Day, 6th June 1944

On this day, 6th June 1944, known as D-Day, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of ...
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Planning Application by Stone Hill Park for Manston Airport submitted

The planning application by Stone Hill Park has now gone live. SuMA will submit a group objection and you are ...
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Film studio plans for Manston Airport ditched

Now there's a surprise. If the current owners were so confident of their ability that the CPO/DCO and the other ...
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RiverOak Investments finalises professional team for Manston Airport DCO

RiverOak have just announced that they have finalised their team for the DCO process.  Their statement follows: RiverOak Investments finalises ...
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Supporters of Manston Airport respond to TDC Officer’s recommendation on CPO

Despite the council officer’s recommendations that Thanet District Council should not pursue a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for Manston Airport ...
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Recommendation to cease Manston Airport CPO process, but investors interested in direct purchase

Thanet District Council Officer's recommendation will be to take no further action on Manston Airport CPO process, but two investors ...
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Access to Manston Airport – MP slams Site Controllers

A press release from Sir Roger Gale's office 25 May, 2016. Access to Manston Airport – MP slams Site Controllers ...
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Government Response to the Transport Committee’s Surface Transport to Airports inquiry

Here is the Government Response to the Transport Committee's First Report of Session 2015–16 Surface Transport to Airports inquiry. This ...
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Sir Roger Gale MP dismisses Planning Application by Stone Hill Park

Press release from Sir Roger Gale - 12 May, 2016. North Thanet`s MP, Sir Roger Gale, has this morning dismissed ...
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Will 2,500 houses be built at Manston? ITV Meridian Report (video)

ITV Meridian's coverage on the SHP press conference today. "The new owners of the former Manston airport site told ITV ...
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SHP to submit planning application on 27th May 2016 – SuMA will continue to oppose

Stone Hill Park (SHP) held a press conference this morning at Manston Airport. Spokesman, Ray Mallon, spoke 'bullishly' about the 1000+ ...
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London City Airport

New London Mayor Removes Obstacle to City Airport Expansion

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-10/new-london-mayor-removes-obstacle-to-city-airport-expansion "Newly elected Mayor Sadiq Khan has dropped the Greater London Authority’s objection to London City Airport’s plan to purchase ...
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Manston Airport to remain as Operation Stack standby lorry park until end of 2017

A deal has been made between the Department for Transport and the current owners of Manston Airport to extend the ...
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Government urged to set clear timetable for airport expansion

The latest Report on airport expansion. 04 May 2016. We as airport campaigners wish to add our voice and say ...
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Update on RiverOak’s Development Consent Order Application (April 28th 2016)

A report from the Save Manston Airport group some of whom attended a meeting at Cliffsend on Thursday 28th April where ...
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Manston Airfield Centenary

On Saturday 28th May 2016, we will be celebrating the centenary of Manston Airfield. In the grounds of the Spitre ...
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Bristow’s Search and Rescue will NOT return to Manston

Department for Transport today (Wednesday) confirmed that the service will remain at Lydd Airport. Disappointing but not totally unexpected news with ...
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Manston Airport again brought up at Select Committee on Operation Stack

The Transport Select Committee met again this afternoon to discuss Operation Stack. The Committee, under the Chair of Louise Ellman, ...
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Last KLM Flight from Manston Airport – Two Years ago Today

On the 9th April 2014 (two years ago today) the last KLM flight left Manston Airport.   At the time, everyone ...
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Planning Inspectorate advice on DCO/CPO Questions

Some interesting questions appear on the Planning Inspectorate website regarding the relationship between a DCO (Development Consent Order) and a ...
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Latest News Update in the Manston Airport Campaign

An overview of the current situation with Manston Airport As published in Thanet Extra 6th April 2016 We are currently ...
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Council Statement in Relation to Planning Appeal on Building 870 at Manston Airport

Following on from our previous article updating on the Planning Appeals here, details have been released of Thanet District Council's response ...
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Get your name on a Red Arrow

Support the RAF Red Arrows by donating to the RAF Museum's Names On A Plane campaign: https://namesonaplane.org/ We hope to see ...
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Manston airport radar to be removed

From today's Thanet Gazette; "The Manston airport radar is being removed after it was sold to a third party in ...
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Kent on Sunday Opinion: Kent Doesn’t Want a Boris Island

This report in today's Kent on Sunday says that most people in Kent do not want a 'Boris Island' airport ...
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London Paramount

Opinion: Don’t let closing Manston Airport be a missed opportunity to gain from Paramount Park

Some very good general observations by Manston supporter Mark Crutchlow in the Thanet Gazette of 25th March 2016. He says: "While ...
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Update on the Planning Appeals for Change of Use at Manston Airport

Update on the Planning Appeals for Change of Use at Manston Airport. In regards to the planning appeals currently in ...
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Update on RiverOak’s Development Consent Order Application

A second meeting with RiverOak and the Planning Inspectorate has taken place on the 23rd February in regards to the ...
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Have your say on a new airport to the east of London

This survey has been commissioned by @BorisJohnson to gauge feelings about siting an airport to the East of London. When ...
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Westbrook woman writes story based on her mother’s Manston romance

Congratulations to Jill Hogben on the publication of her book based on her mother's Manston romance. It just goes to ...
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Landing the right airport – Mayor of London’s Report

Below is a link to the 78 page Mayor of London's report, entitled 'Landing the Right Airport', which was written in response ...
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Boris Johnson resurrects idea of a new airport

Boris Johnson still sees the need to look at alternatives to expansion at Heathrow. Well Boris, Manston Airport is here ...
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Two years since Manston Airport Closure Announcement

Today, 19th March 2016, marks the second anniversary since Ann Gloag announced that she was to close Manston Airport. This ...
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Airshow post-event charge to be phased in over three years

After a concerted campaign from airshow organisers and display pilots the UK Civil Aviation Authority has just announced a phasing ...
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Send Stone Hill Park your objections to their latest proposals

Stone Hill Park Consultation Feedback Stone Hill Park have been holding consultation events for their latest proposals for the Manston ...
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New Leader for Thanet Council Labour Group

Cllr Jenny Matterface has taken over the role as the new leader for Thanet Council's Labour group, after Iris Johnston ...
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Public Meetings set for second Richborough Mast

As previously reported, New Line Networks are proposing to build a 1,000ft communication mast at Richborough. The mast would be ...
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David Cameron will abandon Heathrow third runway plans, Cabinet minister declares

Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, predicted that the Cabinet would conclude that the west London airport should not be ...
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Search and Rescue concerns at Lydd Airport

Concerns have been raised in this week's Kent on Sunday that Bristow's Search and Rescue are operating within previously restricted ...
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David Cameron: Why I want more visitors to discover Kent

If David Cameron would keep his pledge to re-open Manston Airport we could have visitors flying directly into Kent thereby boosting ...
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UKIP regain a member at Thanet District Council

Interesting news that Councillor Beverley Martin (Thanet District Council) has today rejoined UKIP from DIG (Democratic Independent Group), when the ...
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London City Airport Sold

London City Airport has been bought for around £2billion by a Canadian-led group. They already own a string of airports, ...
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Riveroak Investments Update

RiverOak Investments have published an update on their website as follows - "The RiverOak Investments senior team met with key ...
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TDC Council Meeting Updates

Chris Wells confirmed, during his Leader's speech tonight at a full Council Meeting, that they are going forward with the ...
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TDC Planning Committee Responds to Appeals Inspectorate

At the Thanet Council Planning Committee meeting tonight, a recommendation was sought in order to express the Council's views to ...
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Manston Airport CPO – Three Possible Indemnity Partners

We are delighted to announce that initially five potential CPO partners responded in the recent soft marketing testing exercise. As ...
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Planning Appeals to be considered on 17th Feb 2016

In the upcoming Thanet District Council Planning Committee meeting on the 17th February 2016, Lothian Shelf (718) Ltd's appeals against ...
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Lydd Airport £55m investment ‘set to create 200 jobs’

Lydd airport owners can see the potential of investing and expanding to create jobs and a thriving airport. Hopefully Manston ...
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Airport expansion in the South East examined

On Monday (8th February, 2.30pm) the Transport Select Committee will be hearing evidence from the Secretary of State for Transport ...
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Manston Centenary Update

We have had a very busy and productive day speaking to lots of people to organise the Manston Airport Centenary ...
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Change of Use Applications at Manston Airport Set for Appeals – Your Action Required

Lothian Shelf (718) has appealed to the Secretary of State against Thanet District Council's decision to refuse planning permission for: ...
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Manston Airport Soft Market Testing Exercise Opened

The prior information notice (PIN) for Manston Airport has been re-issued today on OJEU. The email address has been altered ...
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Frederick Forsyth’s Comment about Manston Airport

A mention of Manston Airport by Frederick Forsyth in Friday 1st Jan 2016's Daily Express. "It's only an idea and ...
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RiverOak to use DCO process in respect of Manston Airport

RiverOak has decided to use the Development Consent Order (DCO) process established by the Planning Act 2008, as amended by ...
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Council to undertake further soft-market testing

SuMA are very pleased that TDC have announced the re-opening of the soft market testing for the CPO of Manston ...
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Thanet District Council Cabinet Decides to take no further action on the CPO at the present time

The Cabinet of Thanet District Council voted last night (29th October 2015) to take no further action on the CPO ...
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Planning Proposal for Building 870 at Manston Airport Refused

During the planning meeting last night (21st October 2015), attended by SuMA, the Planning Committee rejected the application for change of ...
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American investment firm RiverOak could turn to courts if Manston CPO deal with Thanet council rejected

In an article today by Paul Francis, on KentOnline, RiverOak has indicated that it could turn to the courts to ...
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Thanet and the case of the “Hidden” Enterprise Zone

What we knew already Back in 2014, the Government was asked to consider extending the current enterprise zone at Discovery ...
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Battle of Britain airport comes to aid of nation once again in move to ease Operation Stack

Historic Manston Airport, which served as a front-line airfield during both World Wars, will once again come to the aid ...
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Government responds to Select Committee recommendations on Manston Airport

The Government's response to recommendations made by the Transport Select Committee on  smaller airports in the UK has now been published ...
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Save the date for Manston’s centenary celebrations

We have started to get arrangements underway for Manston's Centenary celebrations next May. Please save the date for the celebration of ...
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Subscribe to our latest updates!

Do you want to stay up-to-date with the latest news from Supporters of Manston Airport? You can now subscribe by ...
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“A CPO is wasting taxpayer’s money!” – a rebuttal

There has been a lot of concerned talk, mostly from misinformed individuals, about the amount of money being spent on ...
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KCC agree motion to support regeneration of Airport site

At today’s Kent County Council meeting Roger Latchford, UKIP Leader, put forward a motion regarding Manston Airport watched by supporters in ...
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Lembit Opik: “sensible thinking appears to have been lost”

An article written by Lembit Opik from the July 2015 edition of "Flight Training News". Thank you to a kind ...
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Roger Gale: Paul Carter remarks are “disingenuous”

A statement from Sir Roger Gale MP on Manston Airport, following comments from Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter. "I understand ...
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TDC Cabinet Commission Legal Advice

Tonight Thanet District Council Cabinet have agreed to contract external lawyers to advise on the suitability of RiverOak as a CPO ...
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Supporters of Manston Airport now on PayPal

Supporters of Manston Airport now has a PayPal account, to enable us to accept easy, fast and secure donations. To make ...
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Stone Hill Park Presentation was a PR Disaster – by Ruth Bailey

Ruth Bailey had the following letter on Cartner and Musgrave's presentations on Stone Hill Park published in the Isle of ...
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Manston: Battle of Britain Air Base

Today we remember the Battle of Britain on the 75th anniversary, including the role that Manston Airport played. "Manston RAF base ...
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The Future of Manston Airport – by Sir Roger Gale MP

Sir Howard Davies` recently published report on the future of hub airport capacity in the South East has set out, ...
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Manston Question and Motion for KCC July Meeting

We've just heard from the KCC UKIP Leader, Cllr Roger Latchford, that he has submitted a full Council question and ...
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Object to Manston Airport Change of Use

We've been working closely with an independent planning consultant to put together the following objections to the proposed change of ...
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PwC Report Now Out!

The long-awaited PwC report that investigates how Thanet District Council handled the CPO procedure has now been released. The report ...
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Mallon’s War of Words

The post below from Brendan Martin captivated our attention, and is a very good description of Mallon's war of words. It's ...
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MP Mackinlay mentions Manston in his first Commons speech

New MP for Thanet South Craig Mackinlay mentions Manston Airport in his first speech at the House of Commons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fATP_G_1fSE&feature=youtu.be ...
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Make your vote count for Manston Airport

Supporters of Manston Airport would like to remind all our supporters to vote carefully in the elections this May. We ...
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Double Boost for Manston Airport – some big news!

Transport Minister John Hayes Delivers Double Boost for Manston Airport John Hayes, the Minister of State for Aviation, has today ...
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SuMA Responds to Cartner and Musgrave

Supporters of Manston Airport have worked tirelessly the past few days to bring this advert to press, in response to ...
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Supporters of Manston Airport react to Kent County Council’s Report

We have just received a document from Paul Carter, 16 pages long, outlining his actions past and present over Manston ...
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Select Committee Report is out!

Transport Select Committee Smaller Airports Inquiry The House of Commons Transport Select Committee report investigating issues surrounding Smaller Airports has now ...
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MonuMANSTONal March

We will be out in force on March 19th to mark the one year anniversary of the announcement of Manston's ...
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Who is leading Thanet Council..?

We have just received the following comment made by Thanet District Councillor John Worrow. We are extremely concerned at who ...
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Dover Council “does not support” Thanet District Council’s Manston strategy

Dover District Council has spoken out against Thanet District Council's approach to the local plan and Manston Airport strategy in ...
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Manston airport review confirmed

The government will appoint a consultant to undertake a review of the process so far on decisions about the future ...
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Lonely lady seeking love

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, we still have one lovely lady looking for love. Can you help an old girl ...
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SuMA’s Final Response to Select Committee

We would like to share with you the SuMA committee's final response to the Smaller Airports Inquiry conducted by the ...
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Manston Airport plane-scrapping accident

There has been an industrial accident involving one male casualty at Manston Airport this afternoon. The man, believed to have ...
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Transport Select Committee hears Manston Airport evidence

The Commons Transport Select Committee has held a second evidence session as part of the smaller airports enquiry today. This ...
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Transport Select Committee Recording

You can view the full and official recording of the Transport Select Committee's evidence session focussing on Manston Airport below ...
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Transport Committee to investigate Manston Airport case

The Commons Transport Select Committee will hold a second evidence session as part of the smaller airports enquiry on 2nd ...
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Ruth Bailey currently the only female PPC in Thanet South

Ruth Bailey will be representing the Manston Airport Independent Party in the 2015 General Election in the Thanet South constituency ...
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Transport Committee Manston Evidence Session

The final details of the second session of the smaller airports inquiry have been announced on the parliament website today ...
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Manston Airport Party Campaign Video

Have you seen the Manston Airport Indepedent Party campaign video yet? Have a watch below! More information can found at www.votemanstonairport.org.uk ...
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Have you completed the Local Plan Consultation?

We have now had confirmation that both letters and emails commenting on the Draft Local Plan to 2031 will be ...
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‘Plain English guide’ to completing the Local Plan Consultation

For those of you as befuddled with responding to the Thanet District Council Local Plan Consultation as we first were, ...
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House of Commons Evidence Session

We've now received some more information on how the House of Commons evidence session is likely to work. This information ...
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The local plan consultation has launched!

The Thanet Local Plan will set out policies and proposals that will be used to guide decisions and investment on ...
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Cabinet decision called in by scrutiny panel

The Thanet District Council Overview and Scrutiny Panel have called in the decision made by the Cabinet last month that ...
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Respond to the local plan TODAY!

YOU are invited to comment on the draft local plan. If you want to keep the Manston Airport for aviation ...
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TDC Legal Advice Published

Published here in full is the legal advice Thanet District Council sought on the CPO! It's interesting that this legal ...
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TDC cabinet votes no further action

Thanet District Council cabinet votes no further action to be taken at present time on Manston Airport CPO. However, Documents ...
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TDC Responds to RiverOak’s rebuttal

The Thanet Gazette has reported the following after RiverOak's extensive rebuttal of TDC's report that recommended against the CPO: "However, ...
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RiverOak urges TDC to ‘tear apart’ report

This evening RiverOak Investment Corp. have released a rebuttal to the Thanet District Council report that recommends against a CPO of ...
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Full Council Vote to Occur!

We have received some much more positive news this evening - Iris has called an Extraordinary Full Council meeting on Tuesday ...
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What will happen next..?

Shall we have a peek into what's going on internally at TDC at the moment? Let's have a look at ...
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Council Officers’ report published

The Council Officers' report in regards to the airport CPO has been published. The  officer's recommendation reads "that no further action ...
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SuMA Meeting with Paul Carter

Kent County Council have FINALLY released the minutes from the meeting of Ruth Bailey, Gary Easton and MP Sir Roger ...
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The Current Situation

28th November 2014 We want to try and clarify some of the misinformation that you might have read elsewhere and ...
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Manston report to be presented to Cabinet

On the 11th December the Supporters of Manston Airport group will be assembling outside Thanet District Council for the presentation ...
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RiverOak housing accusations refuted

We are aware of the recent accusations on another page that RiverOak's plans include building residential units in conjunction with ...
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Paul Carter and the development duo

This is what you've been waiting for! It looks as if KCC Leader Paul Carter may have know as early ...
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Draft Local Plan for Manston

Thanet District Council have now released the Final Thanet Preferred Option Draft Local Plan. Please see here for more information ...
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Open Letters to Paul Carter

Dear Mr Carter, I am struggling to understand the comments you are making regarding the future of Manston Airport. Manston, ...
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KLM felt stabbed in the back

Originally posted by Alison Wilby, but reposted with her permission. She has also said "Iris Johnston and Sir Roger Gale ...
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Welcoming RiverOak to Thanet!

We'd like to welcome members of the RiverOak Invesment Corp. management team who are in Thanet to meet with the ...
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Posters, posters, more posters!

Please find below a selection of our Supporters of Manston Airport posters. NO TO HOUSING and YES TO CPO - ...
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Update on Thursday’s Cabinet Meeting

We have just received the following update from Iris Johnston council leader on Thursday's cabinet meeting report "will be purely ...
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Rally and petition presentation (2/10/14)

A peaceful protest by all pro-Manston groups will be held on Thursday 2nd October. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether ...
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Airport sold, plans announced

It has been announced today that the Discovery Park Group have purchased a major share (80%) in the Manston Airport ...
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Government Minister visits Manston and offers support

Iris Johnston (Leader, Thanet District Council) met with Grant Shapps (Conservative Party Chairman, Cabinet Minister without Portfolio) today. Upon their arrival at Manston ...
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Amazing Music for Manston video!

We love this short Supporters of Manston Airport and Save Manston Airport video by Billy-Rae Palmer - featuring Music for ...
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CPO News Flash!

Parties that made themselves known to Thanet District Council as interested in becoming an indemnity partner should have now submitted ...
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Ex-staff slam incompetent management

Dear Sirs, As a (now ex) Manston Air Traffic Controller, I would like to respond to various misconceptions about the ...
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Our second newsletter is here!

After the success of our last newsletter, we’d like to welcome you to our second edition. As always, it’s been ...
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Riveroak Press Release (23/07/14)

Please view here Riveroak's latest submission to the Airport Commission. The associated press release can be read here ...
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Welcoming our first newsletter!

To all our members, friends and supporters, Welcoming our first newsletter! The Save Manston Airport group continues as Supporters of ...
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Committee Meeting Minutes (8/8/14)

Minutes of Supporters of Manston Airport meeting 08/08/14 16:00hrs  Rickus Bar, Margate Attendees Dave Holland – Treasurer Wendy Fraser – ...
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A meeting with Councillor Cohen

One of our supporters had a meeting with Councillor Jack Cohen of Thanet District Council today. Here is a short ...
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CPO PIN issued

A compulsory purchase order PIN (prior information notice) has now been issued by Thanet District Council. This will allow the next ...
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Manston Myth Posters

Some excellent Manston myth posters for distribution, created by forum user Finn McCool. Please feel free to print and share, ...
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An open letter from Gary Easton

An Open Letter from Gary Easton My name is Gary Easton and I worked for Air Atlanta Icelandic and Eujet ...
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TDC Meeting (31/7/14) Outcome

Following excellent turn-out by SMA and eloquent debate by pro-Manston councillors, the following recommendations were passed: The commissioned viability report ...
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Riveroak outline water-tight support

Campaigners were greeted with excellent news yesterday, as we obtained a copy of a letter to Iris Johnston and Thanet ...
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Today’s releases from MP Sir Roger Gale

Gale`s View – 16 July, 2014 Ms Gloag has one very considerable achievement to her name. In the desire to ...
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TG Aviation Post-Hearing Statement

"Our hearing on Wednesday was for an injunction to allow us to use the runway unlicenced in accordance with all ...
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CPO Debate Press Release from TDC

A petition of almost 8,000 signatures was presented to Thanet District Council tonight (Thursday 10 July) calling for the authority ...
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KCC Labour motion to fund CPO

Labour county councillors will put forward a proposal for KCC to foot part of the bill for a potential Compulsory Purchase Order ...
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March for Manston

11th July 2014, meeting at 18:00 at the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum.  A march to show our community's solidarity ...
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Thanet MPs Welcome Manston Commons Inquiry

A joint statement from the offices of MP Sir Roger Gale and MP Laura Sandys Following lobbying by Thanet MPs ...
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Thanet District Council CPO Discussion

Our latest petition, for a compulsory purchase to be performed on Manston Airport by Thanet District Council has now closed ...
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SMA Upcoming Public Meeting

Save Manston Airport would like to cordially invite you to our upcoming public meeting on the 19th July at The ...
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SMA and TDC Meeting – 12 June

Leader meeting with Save Manston Airport Committee – 12 June 2014 Attendees: Cllrs: Iris Johnston (Leader), Richard Nicholson (Deputy Leader) ...
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Emailing Kent County Council

We're concerned about the severe lack of any real action or public statement by Kent County Council regarding Manston Airport. We ...
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#SaveManston

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDvlyB72Pxk&app=desktop Credit to Billy-Ray Palmer ...
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We fight on!

Thank you all for your attendance at tonight's Save Manston Airport rally. Attendance and atmosphere was absolutely brilliant and we ...
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The BIG Protest

This Friday 30th May, 6pm at Manston Airport.In response to the following news report, where it is confirmed BOTH Paul ...
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Joyce and Ted Girdler

Joyce Girdler talks about the closure of the airport in this video. Joyce Girdler married LAC (Leading Aircraftsman) Ted Girdler ...
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Compulsory Purchase of Manston Airport

MP Sir Roger Gale is backing our calls for a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to be issued on Manston Airport ...
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Government Intervention

PLEASE E-MAIL THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF GOVERNMENT. WE NEED IMMEDIATE GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION. Patrick McLoughin, Secretary of State for Transport [email protected] ...
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Operations Cease, Fight Continues

A third last-minutes bid from Riveroak was rejected by Ann Gloag, minutes before airport operations ceased at 5pm yesterday. The ...
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Time VS. Distance Challenge

The results from our Time VS. Distance challenge are in! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCh-g8NEMl8 ...
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Airport meet-up tomorrow

After some earlier uncertainties, we have now been contacted by staff who have asked for a show of support at ...
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This is what is being taken away

"This is my team ... these are the men of Blue Watch. They are proud, dedicated, professional and my second family. After ...
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Time VS. Distance Airport Challenge

The team will be hitting the road on Tuesday and heading to the House of Commons in our own Top ...
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Manston Airport Peaceful Demonstration

We'd like to thank the hundreds of supporters who joined us at Manston Airport last night (9th May 2014) to ...
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Airport operations to cease and bidder revealed

Today it was announced that Manston Airport's operations will cease next Thursday (15 May 2014). More information to be found ...
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Formal bid rejected

We regret to announce that today we have learnt that yesterday's official bid has been rejected by Ann Gloag. The ...
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Manston – A formal offer

" North Thanet`s MP, Sir Roger Gale, has indicated that this (Sunday) afternoon a formal offer has been made for ...
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Winter Gardens Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the Margate Winter Gardens public meeting, held on 26th April, are now available to download here. Many ...
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Speech by Nicholas Reed

The following speech was created and read by Nicholas Reed, chairman of the 'Why Not Manston?' group at our public ...
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Airport for Sale!

"One airport for sale, excellent facilities, superb wide runway, expert and committed staff, good infrastructure. Full end-of-life license to dismantle ...
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Calling all UK residents!

MANSTON NEEDS YOU! THE SAVE MANSTON AIRPORT PETITION is still open for signing, to anyone with a UK postcode. The ...
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Adjournment Debate: Manston Airport

Below you will find a copy of Sir Roger Gale's speech at the adjournment debate on 29 April, and a ...
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To night flight or not to night flight?

In 2011, Thanet District Council was asked by Infratil (previous airport owner) to comment on their proposals for night-time flying ...
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Winter Gardens Meeting Recordings

Our meeting held at the Margate Winter Gardens  on 26th April is now available to view for those who missed ...
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Acol Public Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the public meeting held on 30th March at Acol Village Hall, as reported by Wendy Fraser (group secretary) ...
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