Dates for Your Diary
23rd January 2018
2.00pm – 8.00pm
Comfort Inn Ramsgate
24th January 2018
2.00pm – 8.00pm
King’s Hall, Herne Bay
Dear Members and Supporters
As you may have read in the press prior at the end of 2017, RiverOak Strategic Partners delayed submitting their DCO so that they could further investigate the noise effect of those living under the flight path as well as new areas of environmental assessment and new details in its plans.
RSP has now confirmed details for two additional public consultation events which will take place this month.
· The King’s Hall, Herne Bay, Wednesday 24 January:
Both events will be from 12pm – 8pm
These events are open to any member of the public that would like to attend and further details of the locations, local public transport services and other information can be found in the Statement of Community Consultation which can be downloaded from www.rsp.co.uk.
Copies of consultation documents will be available from 12 January at www.rsp.co.uk and at the following public libraries during their normal opening hours: Birchington, Broadstairs, Cliftonville, Deal, Herne Bay, Margate, Minster-in-Thanet, Newington, Ramsgate, Sandwich and Westgate.
As the full Preliminary Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is a very large document, it will only be available in hard copy at Deal, Ramsgate and Margate libraries, although it will be available in electronic form at all libraries. A non-technical summary will be available at all libraries, at the two consultation events, and on the RSP website.
RSP director George Yerrall said: ”We have been busy considering the 2,200 responses received to the consultation that took place in June and July 2017, which followed our non-statutory consultation in June 2016, and at the same time our plans have undergone further development.
We are also taking the opportunity to update our environmental assessment in line with the latest EU Directive in respect of which we will also welcome comments”.
Sir Roger Gale issued a statement saying: “I recognise the concerns that have been expressed by some of my constituents living in Herne Bay and by others living in Ramsgate.
That is why, even at the risk of slightly delaying RiverOak`s application for the necessary Development Consent Order, I have strongly requested that the company goes out to further consultation with those living under the flightpath in Beltinge, Reculver and in South Thanet.
It is important, I think, that those opposed to the re-opening of Manston Airport, and I of course recognise that there is such a minority, are given every opportunity to appreciate the difference between the Environmental Impact Assessments carried out by RiverOak and what I believe to be the cavalier attitude towards the environmental damage that would be caused by a massive housing and industrial estate proposed by others.
I hope and expect that such further consultation might be carried out in the New Year, leading to the submission of a DCO application in the early spring.
More haste can sometimes lead to less speed and it is essential that genuine, if mis-placed, concerns are, insofar as is possible, allayed.
Signed Lynda Smith
Membership Secretary, WNM? Committee