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Isle of Thanet Gazette
10th November 2017
Isle of Thanet Gazette
10th November 2017

Council Cabinet Treachery

          – how can they dare to look their electorate in the face again?

The answer is they cannot . Having reneged on the promises to support the regeneration of Manston Airport they and their arch renegade Chris Wells ought to be booted out of office for defying their electorate at the next election.

The following nonsense appeared in the article by Joyeeta Basu in the Gazette Oct 27 p14…the council said yesterday that building an airport was not viable – pointing to the fact that several attempts at operating a commercial airport had previously failed. 

That failure lay with the small scale and half baked business plans of operators who were attempting to run uneconomic passenger airlines there on a shoestring with unsuitable aircraft.  Feeble support from the New Zealand based airport owner Infratil ran down Manston,  just as Infratil had also run down Glasgow/Prestwick while they owned it. Having achieved the status of “loss making”, Infratil sold both airports for £1 within a few weeks of each other.  It is interesting that the founders of Stagecoach  – Ann Gloag (buyer of Manston) and her brother – Sir Brian Souter (prominent financier of the SNP in control of the Scottish Government  – which instantly purchased Glasgow/Prestwick) are involved in the buying of these airports.  Why? Well, Glasgow airport was sold to Infratil in January 2001 for £33.4 million by guess who?….Yes, Stagecoach.  Stagecoach meanwhile  have built up considerable coaching assets in New Zealand, no doubt using similar ‘tactics’ as in the UK, until in November 2005 when Stagecoach agreed a sale for NZ$250.5m to guess who?…..Yes, Infratil.  One wonders if there is some rather special relationship between these enterprises.

According to Joyeeta Basu…the Council further noted that: jobs and homes were needed and therefore the proposal (..2500 homes, business park, sport recreational facilities parkland and outdoor space) was making the best of a redundant facility.

The airport is not redundant but has been deliberately closed  by Ann Gloag and her consortium who aim to make maximum financial gain from housing.  The leader of the last administration of Thanet District Council, Iris Johnston, made entirely clear that there is already enough brownfield and other sites within Thanet District to provide for the Government’s  extra house building requirements without  sacrificing Manston with its unique and priceless EXISTING runway.   It is indeed the most perfect target for the housebuilders because of clear open space, but housing will do nothing for the creation of jobs and wealth, with a multitude of spin offs and secondary businesses that will come.  It seems utterly absurd that Blackpool Council is spending £4.25 million buying back Blackpool Airport to secure the airport as an important hub for the benefit of the whole region and millions are being spent to secure the future of Leeds Bradford whilst our own Council appears complicit in doing its best to thwart Manston’s easily achievable success.  It will not cost Thanet Council a brass farthing  – RiverOak  Strategic  Partners stand ready to invest hundreds of millions in the expansion of the airport hardstanding and related servicing buildings to make it an entirely viable operation.  At a time when Brexit will create overwhelming expansion of our import and export operations….all Thanet Council has to do it has to do is stop its treacherous efforts to stifle the rebirth of our airport.

Geoffrey Illsley – Vice Chairman, Why Not Manston?

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14th July 2017

I’m sure I’m not the only resident of Thanet to be confused by the Leader of the Council’s recent comments concerning Manston airport.

At the end of last year, the Thanet Cabinet decided to make a drastic change to its draft Local Plan by designating the Manston airport site as an area for “mixed use development”.  This changed the site’s previous designation as an airport. There can be no doubting the Council’s intentions when this was done because Cllr Wells made it very clear that the site had no future as an airport 

The draft Local Plan is now out for consultation and I have not seen anything which suggests that the Council is intending to change its position regarding the re-zoning of the airport site.  This means that, if the Local Plan is finally adopted in its current draft form, the Council’s wishes will become part of the planning framework and Manston will no longer be zoned as an airport.

How does Cllr Wells reconcile this with his statement as recently as that published in the Gazette two weeks ago that, “we are working hard to bring back the airport.” How can this be a correct statement if steps have already been taken to re-zone it for mixed use?

I was even more confused when reading Cllr Wells letter in the Gazette in which he comments that, if RiverOak succeed with their plans for the airport, “a third of all planned flights could be at night.” I’d love to know where Cllr Wells gets his one third figure from as firstly, I have never heard or read this anywhere in RiverOak’s plans and secondly, according to the current section 106 agreement there are restrictions on night flights which would clearly prohibit this.

So I have two questions for Cllr Wells –

Do you support the council’s draft Local Plan or do you want an operational airport?

Why do you not put forward proposals for a revised section 106 which clearly stipulates precisely what would and would not be acceptable and which could even include stricter controls on night flights.  

Night flights are not dependent on what RiverOak wants – they are dependent on the terms of a new section 106 agreement which has to be agreed by the Planning Inspectorate.   So please, Cllr Wells, as a TDC resident, I would like some honesty and clarity from you – as I am sure many others would too.

Jan Revell

Cliftonville

MANSTON AIRPORT – SECTION 106

 

We have all been reading about Section 106 in the press recently but most people have absolutely no idea of the details.

We have been looking into this for our own information and would now like to share our understanding of it with local residents.

Section 106 is actually the Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 between TDC and Kent International Airport and is dated 26th September 2000 and contains conditions and guidelines set out by TDC which govern flights in to and out of  Manston Airport.  That Agreement has never been terminated and therefore currently remains in place.

The S106 Agreement covers many points, but as it is often being quoted with respect to night flights, we are highlighting those clauses relating to that aspect of airport operations:

Flights can only take off and land between the hours of 07.00 and 23.00.

Only exceptions are for:

a.      PASSENGER flights departing to Europe or arriving from North America with a noise level of Quota Count 4 or less are permitted to take off / land between 06.00 and 07.00

b.     Humanitarian, mercy or emergency flights by relief organisations on not more than 12 occasions during any calendar year

Furthermore there are significant financial penalties if the airport permits any night flight for an aircraft exceeding the Quota Count 4 noise level.

Virtually every airport in the world has night time flying restrictions and there is no reason for Manston to be an exception to that.

As part of the public consultations which RiverOak Strategic Partners are currently holding, they are asking for feed-back from local residents on the RSP plans and will collate that information and take it into account when they finalise their operation plans for Manston in their DCO Application later this year.

If RSP are successful in having the application accepted for examination by an Inspector there will then follow a period of six months next year during which time the Inspector will consider all the conditions to be imposed on airport operations.  This will include the conditions for a future section 106 Agreement.

To be clear, the DCO Inspector and then the Secretary of State for Transport will have the final say on what goes into a new S106 Agreement.  However they will pay serious regard to the views of TDC as the local planning authority and they will expect there to be a constructive dialogue between TDC and RSP leading to a
“Statement of Common Ground” if possible.  Ideally, at the end of that process there would be a revised S106 which could amend the timings, set the restrictions on aircraft types and noise levels for any night flights etc.

Finally, part of the DCO process involves many studies, one of which is the noise impact of night flights for local residents.  For the purpose of this study, RSP have made an assumption of 8 night flights but this is purely for the study – it is not part of their operations plans and this is the basis of much confusion.

Signed by:  Why Not Manston?”

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“DRAMATIC and urgent action has been taken by Stratford-on-Avon District Council to prevent the demolition of buildings at Wellesbourne Airfield.

Today (Monday) the council’s ruling cabinet agreed to remove permitted development rights from the site owners, the Littler family. The decision took immediate effect and is now in force.
The cabinet also decided to seek powers to compulsorily purchase the airfield if negotiations with the owners fail and to obtain an injunction if any attempt is made to start the demolition process.
The moves by the cabinet were made under urgent business at a special meeting that had been arranged to discuss another issue.
Shock plans to begin demolishing the site were revealed by the family two weeks ago. The news – which would involve all the businesses there closing down with more than 200 jobs being lost – prompted urgent discussions between the tenants and leading figures at the district council.
The Littler family and developers Gladman are believed to be furious that their proposals to close down the airfield and build 1,500 homes on the land has been repeatedly rejected at every level – including that of the planning inspectorate.
Given that the airfield has been refused classification as a development site in the council’s core strategy, there is deep concern that the owners now want to render the site unusable for aviation purposes by wrecking it.
Just over a week ago Cllr Chris Saint (Cons, Shipston North), the leader of the council, wrote to Business Secretary Greg Clark and Small Businesses Minister Margot James, asking the government to intervene to help save the airfield. At the beginning of this week he was awaiting a reply.
It’s thought the airfield could be sold for £5.5 million. But its development value could be more than £100 million.”
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31/8/16 Meeting Notes published for meeting on 19th July between RiverOak and Planning Inspectorate see HERE

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12th February 2016
Planning Appeal
                                                          Dear Members and Supporters,

As someone who believes in Manston continuing as an airport , we would ask you to actively show your support by taking 5 or 10 minutes of your time in the next couple of days to make a representation on a planning application appeal.
Last year Lothian Shelf (718) Ltd, the company which Ann Gloag set up in September 2013 to purchase Manston Airport, applied to TDC for 3 change of use planning applications.
Ref. AA/Z2260/W/15/3140990 – Building 870 Manston Airport – change of use from airport use to general industrial use together with four storey extension and insertion of windows
Ref. AA/Z2260/W/15/3140992 – Manston Airport Cargo Centre & Responding Vehicle Point, Spitfire Way – change of use from airport use to storage and distribution use
Ref. AA/Z2260/W/15/3140994 – Building 4, Manston Airport, Spitfire Way – change of use from airport use to general industrial use.
TDC refused these applications but Lothian Shelf (718) Ltd has now appealed to the Secretary of State against the Council’s failure to give notice of its decision within the appropriate period on planning application.
This appeal is being dealt with by an exchange of written statements between Lothian Shelf and the Council and will be decided by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.  If you made any comments on the original application, the Council will send them to the Planning Inspectorate and they will be taken into account by the Inspector who decides the appeal.
If you wish to make further comment or did not make any objection t the original application, we would ask you to now please send an email saying you support TDCs decision and do not agree with the change of use applications for these three change of use appeals.
The closing date for any comments on this matter must be made by Wednesday 10th February 2016.
The government website with information on these appeals is HERE
Emails can be sent to CT1@pins.gsi.gov.uk
PLEASE – make the time to write and make your opinion known.   Every little bit of support helps in our fight to save Manston as an airport.
Kind regards,
Why Not Manston? Committee
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 Cabinet votes CP-NO on Manston airport- for now

THANET council cabinet members have voted not to pursue a compulsory purchase of the Manston airport site, but the move is unlikely to mark the end of the saga.

Cabinet unanimously agreed to officers’ recommendations published last week, which concluded potential partners RiverOak did not have “appropriate financial status” to operate an airport.

However, an additional motion was passed, meaning the council will write to RiverOak requesting the American firm sends confidential financial information to Transport Minister John Hayes for further inspection.

The move comes after council leader Iris Johnston held talks over the airport with the minister in London today (Thursday).  Speaking at the cabinet meeting, Cllr Johnston said: “The council cannot be expected to take a leap of faith- we have to be mindful.  “We cannot risk council tax payers’ funds and we have to have an indemnity partner that covers all the costs.”

Around 100 airport campaigners stood outside the local authority’s offices in Cecil Square, Margate before and during the meeting.

Conservative group leader Bob Bayford said: “People cannot seem to understand why the only people who are not in favour of a CPO is us [Thanet council]

“The people are looking to you [Cllr Johnston] to go for this- they’re looking for leadership and I do not think up until now that has really happened.”

All councillors will now debate the wider issues surrounding the Manston airport site at an extraordinary meeting scheduled to take place on December 16.

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