Stone Hill Park (SHP) held a press conference this morning at Manston Airport.
Spokesman, Ray Mallon, spoke ‘bullishly’ about the 1000+ page planning application that they are submitting on Friday 27th May. He said that if Thanet District Council did not accept the application then they would go immediately to the Planning Inspectorate where they think that they have an extremely good case.
In contrast Mr Mallon reportedly said that the DCO route being pursued by RiverOak would suffer the same fate as the CPO. Mallon went on to say that they had been listening to the public and realise how strong the feeling is for the heritage of the airport. He reiterated that they are contemplating changing the name.
SuMA, of course, totally oppose this planning application and will continue fighting to see Manston reopened as an airport and an airport only.
We note that they have decided to submit the application just a day before we celebrate Manston’s Centenary including those that served our country from it and the part the airport has played in our area (www.manston100.org.uk).
A full report will be shown on ITV Meridian tonight at 6.00pm.