Manston Airport Timeline

1916   Manston begins life as a Royal Naval station during First World War
1917   Four underground hangars and barracks for 3,000 men built
1940   Badly damaged during the Battle of Britain in Second World War
1943   Sir Barnes Wallis tests his bouncing bomb at nearby Reculver
1950   American forces operate from Manston for eight years
1960   Civil aviation firms take 700,000 people abroad in a year
1969   RAF helicopters leave and a civilian firm takes over
1988   Manston has its first air show in three decades
1989   Manston became Kent International Airport
1999   Closure of RAF Manston, but civil part of the airport remains
2004   EU Jet began scheduled flights in September 2004 to destinations such as  Manchester,  Edinburgh, and  Dublin  with a small fleet of  Fokker 100  airliners
2005   All EUjet operations were suspended, along with all non-freight operations at the airport, owing to financial difficulties with the airport and airline’s owner, PlaneStation
2005   The sale of Manston to  Infratil, a company based in  Wellington, New Zealand and owner of  Glasgow Prestwick Airport, was completed on 26 August 2005.
2012-11-14 Wednesday KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced double daily return flights between Manston and Schiphol Hub, Amsterdam, with onwards connections to the rest of KLM’s network. The first flight was with a Fokker 70 on 2 April 2013.
2013-10-15 Tuesday Infratil announced they would sell the airport to a company wholly owned by  Ann Gloag, co-founder of Stagecoach Group.
2013-11-29 Friday Manston Skyport Ltd. took over the running of the airport.
Ms Gloag said: “
Whilst this is a loss making airport, I hope that with the co-operation of our neighbours and the wider community of Kent, the airport partners and staff, we can capitalise on the opportunities available to give Kent the best chance possible of having a successful and vibrant airport.” She pledged to deliver “real potential for growth“, and promised that she would commit to the airport for two years.
2014-03-19 Wednesday The government announced financial support for new air-routes from regional airports.
2014-03-19 Wednesday After a period of 5 months 2 weeks 2 days Ms Gloag announced that a 45-day “consultation” period into the closure of the airport had begun. KLM, Newmarket and cargo flights were forced to end. The Closure “Consultation” appears to have just been an exercise of “Informing”, mainly through the media. The key Airport Consultative Committee (KIACC) meeting during the closure “consultation” appears to have been deferred until after Manston Airport was closed.
2014-04-09 Wednesday The last KLM flight departed for Amsterdam. In all, about 48k passengers had been flown to and from Schiphol Hub, Amsterdam, and international destinations.
2014-05-15 Thursday Offer of full asking price by USA company RiverOak turned down. Manston Airport was shut by the current owner at 5pm. A large orderly demonstration took place at the airport. The airport closed at 5pm along with the loss of 144 jobs. A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was also issued at closure stating that the Aerodrome has been “completely withdrawn”.
2014-06-26 Thursday A petition with about 7,700 signatures, to support a compulsory purchase order to preserve Manston Airport for aviation purposes, was presented to Thanet District Council (TDC) : “We the undersigned petition the council to make a compulsory purchase of Manston, Kent’s International Airport. We would also like Thanet District Council to look into the possibility of members of the public to buy bonds into this purchase.” “In addition to the 3,361 persons who have signed the Epetition, 4,330 persons have validly signed a paper petition containing the same petition prayer as the Epetition.” So about 7,700, well over the required 1000 signatures necessitating a full council meeting.
2014-07-07 Monday £10m Government funding for a Thanet Parkway station possibly on the Manston Airport boundary announced by KCC.
2014-07-09 Wednesday TG Aviation, who have been at Manston Airport for 30 years, and have 50 years remaining on their lease, failed to gain an injunction in the High Court, which would have allowed them to use the runway. The full case will be heard “soon”.

SMA hold their inaugural Special General Meeting.

2014-07-10 Thursday The full Thanet District Council (TDC) held a meeting about giving consent to the TDC Cabinet to investigate raising a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on Manston Airport, and this received nearly unanimous approval. Full notice of motion: “Council affirms its considerable disappointment at the recent closure of Manston as a regional airport. We recognise the public support for its continuation as an airport and endorse the steps taken to date towards that objective. Council urges all available options to that end be explored, including a detailed examination of the legal and financial implications of a Compulsory Purchase Order before a final decision is reached.”
2014-07-17 Thursday Kent County Council (KCC) held a Council Meeting, and unanimously supported :
Kent County Council supports the actions taken so far by Thanet District Council to retain Manston as a regional airport. We recognise the value that a regional airport brings to East Kent and are disappointed at its closure. Kent County Council will explore with Thanet District Council ways in which it can support proposals to retain Manston as an airport.”
2014-07-17 Thursday The same afternoon the TDC Cabinet held an extraordinary meeting about the CPO : “To inform the Cabinet of the timeline for identifying an indemnity partner in the event a CPO is sought for Manston Airport. To explain the process of a local authority bond issue.” The council agreed to continue to investigate the CPO proposal.
    The aviation minister, Robert Goodwill, has told the House of Commons that the department of transport is “more than happy to help with any Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licensing issues” relating to the future of Manston Airport.
2014-07-21 Monday A petition was presented to 10 Downing St, by the Thanet MPs Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys, TG Aviation and the Save Manston Airport group. This petition had 26,524 signatures in support of re-opening Manston as a working airport : 16,552 online & 9,972 on paper : “We do not want Manston Airport to close! there are many good points to this site. We have flights on our doorstep, it will create more jobs and if the powers that be are thinking of spending money on improving rail networks for the area it will tie in nicely with Manston Airport.”
2014-07-23 Wednesday Dover District Council unanimously voted to support the motion :
This Council supports the campaign to retain Manston as an operational airport, recognising the role and place it can have in the UK aviation industry, making better use of the regional capacity in accordance with the views of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, while making a significant contribution as one of the strategic priorities for regeneration of the East Kent area.
2014-07-24 Thursday USA company RiverOak write a long letter with 2 legal addendums to TDC leader Iris Johnston, offering to buy/run the airport and fully cover purchase price and CPO costs. RiverOak state they have developed a long term plan to own and manage Manston as an airport.
We are firm in our belief that Manston has a viable future across many lines of air freight, aviation services including maintenance, recycling, private charter and commercial passenger services.”
2014-07-30 Wednesday Airport operating equipment auction by the owner, about 700 lots. X-Ray baggage scanners have been sold, fire-engines and generators have been sold. Auction continued on 31st July
2014-07-31 Thursday TDC Cabinet Meeting : The preliminary findings of an independent report (Stage 1) which consider the viability of Manston Airport were discussed. Cabinet accepted the report and have agreed the following:
The commissioned viability report will be shared with the airports owners.
Cabinet will instruct officers to proceed to Stage 2 of the viability assessment to develop a high level Business Plan – which would be necessary to support the Local Plan process and any potential future procurement for an appropriate investor/partner.
Cabinet will also instruct officers to undertake a market testing exercise to establish the level of interest, in line with the conclusions in the independent report – before starting a full procurement process.
(Note: This is the point at which RiverOak, who wish to buy the airport for aviation purposes, may formally enter the process by asking to be Indemnity Partner – i.e. the guys who pick up the tab.)
A decision regarding compulsory purchase of the airport  will not be made until an Indemnity Partner is identified following the procurement process.
2014-08-06 Wednesday TDC issued the Prior Information Notice (PIN). Forward planning allows the placement of a PIN in the journal and shortens the timescales. What does this mean in practice?  Basically, the clock for the CPO process is now ticking.  The CPO process can still be stopped, and stringent checks must still be made before the CPO is issued. TDC received a number of applications to be the Council’s Indemnity Partner for the CPO  to return Manston Airport to Aviation use.  RiverOak formally submitted their wish to be recognised as the TDC indemnity partner.
2014-09-09 Tuesday Ex Air Traffic Controller, staff and a tenant slam incompetent Manston management
2014-09-18 Friday Minister without Portfolio and Conservative party co Chairman Grant Shapps visits TDC for talks. Afterwards makes a offering Government support at Manston Airport
2014-09-25 Thursday A further auction of vital operational equipment such as Control Tower, Airfield Lighting & Navigational Aids. Of very little value once removed, but leaves the airport unusable without a lot of hugely expensive work to reinstate them, and probably to calibrate and re-certify them. However we hear that the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has not sold, which is very good news.
    It would appear that Ann Gloag has sold about three quarters of the airport to two property developers, Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner. They appear to have no interest in developing the Manston Airport as an airport (which it is still designated as) but appear to hope they will get permission to dig up the runway (which would currently bring about police intervention) and put in place “mixed development”. Thus the CPO now has to be served on 3 people, not one. We can find no record as to how much was paid, or indeed if there was a payment. All shares seem to still reside with Ann Gloag and her personal company.
2014-10-02 Thursday A petition “No to Houses on the Manston Airport site” was presented to Thanet District Council leader Iris Johnston, during a large and very noisy but good natured rally on the TDC steps – about 10,000 signers in all, over 8,000 e-signers, about 2,000 on paper. Reported by BBC.
2014-10-16 Thursday An interim report on the soft-market testing exercise to identify suitable indemnity partners to cover all of the associated costs of a CPO was taken to TDC Cabinet, a further rally taking place.
2014-10-24 Friday Boet E. J. Kreiken, Managing Director KLM Cityhopper, wrote an impassioned letter to ex-Manston Air Traffic Controller, Andy Wilby, making it quite clear that KLM had been forced to leave Manston by the owners closing the airport, and repudiating the suggestion that it was KLM leaving that had caused the closure.
    It is now clear that whereas 4 groups applied to be indemnity partner, at this stage only one remained. And although it has not yet been formally announced, from statements that have been made by TDC, it is clear that that possible Indemnity Partner can only be RiverOak.
2014-10-26 Sunday In response to an email from an SMA member, the Managing Director of KLM Cityhopper regarding the demise of their service from Manston to Schiphol
2014-10-27 Monday On the weeks Monday 27th October to Saturday 1st November, RiverOak flew into Kent, and held at least two meeting with TDC, and it is believed some with Government officials.
2014-11-01 Saturday A “Meet & Greet” session was held between RiverOak and the pro-Manston Airport groups, at TG Aviation premises. Well reported in KM Thanet Extra.
2014-11-07 Friday A television debate was proposed between Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner and a Manston supporter – Sir Roger Gale offered to take up the challenge at which point Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner backed out. Sir Roger gave a most impressive and hard hitting interview
2014-11-12 Wednesday Hustings meeting – at Discovery Park, chaired by David Foley – Chief Executive, Thanet & East Kent Chamber – Manston Airport discussed – show of hands 95% in favour of Manston re-opening.
2014-11-18 Tuesday 2pm a meeting of the Kent International Airport Consultative Committee – incorrect minutes were released, with a number of important errors.
2014-11-18 Tuesday Also at 7pm, TDC Full Council extraordinary meeting.
2014-11-27 Thursday 7pm, TDC meeting discussing the Local Plan.
2014-11-28 Friday 7:30am – breakfast hustings meeting, again chaired by David Foley. Candidates discussed questions regarding Manston – show of hands from businessmen etc. again about 95% in favour of Manston re-opening.
2014-12-01 Monday KCC Cabinet meeting – removing support from Gatwick 2nd runway. Attended by SMA.
2014-12-02 Tuesday KCC Growth Economic Development and Communities Cabinet Committee. 10:00 am – Dr Beau Webber gave 3 minute address on Manston Airport – 1hr 6m to 1h 12m
2014-12.03 Wednesday TDC interim Officers’ report : MANSTON AIRPORT EXPLORATION OF CPO INDEMNITY PARTNER –
2014-12-04 Thursday 7 pm – TDC Council meeting – Local Plan, but Manston discussed extensively.
06/12/14 RiverOak Open Letter to the Thanet District Council.pdf
2014-12-08 Monday RiverOak’s Legal Team response to the TDC interim Officers’ report
2014-12-10

 

 

Wednesday

 

 

7pm – TDC Governance and Audit Committee; Item 12. Due Diligence Protocol.

Summary of TDC’s Governance and Audit Committee meeting.

RiverOak Submission sent to the Chairman of TDC’s Governance and Audit Committee

2014-12-11 Thursday Iris Johnston visit to London to talk with Minister of State for Transport, The Rt Hon John Hayes MP.
2014-12-11 Thursday 7pm, TDC Extraordinary Cabinet Meeting. Item 3. Thanet Local Plan Preferred Options; Item 4. Manston Airport. Resolved “That no further action be taken at the present time on a CPO of Manston Airport”
2014-12-16 Tuesday TDC 5.00 pm Extraordinary, Council, Item 3. Manston airport
2014-12-16 Tuesday Also 7.00 pm TDC Joint Transportation Board, Item 5. Thanet Parkway Railway Station
2015-02-02 Monday Transport Select Committee – Smaller Airports and the closure of Manston. SMA attend Portcullis House TSC meeting.
2015-02-12 Thursday Transport Minister John Hayes meets Iris Johnston & Madeline Homer to discuss future of Manston
2015-02-23 Monday Transport Select Committee – Smaller Airports and the closure of Manston. SMA attend Westminster Palace TSC meeting.
2015-03-05 Thursday Transport Minister John Hayes announces appointment of PwC
2015-03-09 Monday Final Report of Transport Select Committee – Smaller Airports published
13/03/15 Friday FoI TDC 1/15. Details of communications between TDC and KCC regarding KCC legal assistance with a CPO. TDC response
01/04/15 Wednesday Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin announces Conservative 5 point plan to reopen Manston
2015-04-10 Friday Transport Minister John Hayes announces a) new 1 year deal for Search and Rescue b) that he is satisfied with Riveroak as a suitable Indemnity partner. John Hayes also met Iris Johnston.
2015-04-10 Friday Isle of Thanet Gazette reports that the Thales STAR 2000 radar equipment equipment has stopped working
2015-05-04 Monday At the end of the General Election campaign the Prime Minister announces his wholehearted support for the reopening of the airport
2015-05-07 Thursday General Election Sir Roger Gale and Craig MacKinlay elected. Council Election 33 UKIP, 18 Conservative, 4 Labour, 1 Independant
2015-05-21 Thursday Extraordinary Council Meeting – Council vote to recommend that Cabinet “Review its position on Manston Airport” Voting: 52 for, 0 against, 4 abstained. 93% pro-Manston CPO.
2015-06-02 Tuesday Isle of Thanet Gazette reports that the Department for Transport have said that PwC has provided its report on decisions made regarding the closure of Manston airport
08/06/15 Monday Planning Application F/TH/15/0457 received by TDC for change of use of Building 870.
2015-06-15 Monday At conclusion of mediation following the closure and subsequent sale of Manston Airport in 2014, the new and the former landowners have reached agreement with TG Aviation Ltd for the surrender of the leasehold premises from which it formerly operated and its orderly departure from the same.
2015-06-17 Wednesday Planning applications submitted for change of use of four hangars on the site.
2015-06-17 Wednesday MPs Sir Roger Gale and Craig Mackinlay meet with the Transport Secretary Patrick McGloughlin. Afterwards they announce that there is no impediment to a CPO
2015-06-17 Wednesday Messrs Cartner, Musgrave and Mallon hold a presentation of their plans for the airport in a tent on the site. They announced a change of name to Stone Hill Park, with yet another ‘child’s drawing’ and with displays featuring copyright photographs of Pinewood Studios, a wave lake in Wales, Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and an “Advanced Manufacturing Park” built on an old open cast colliery near Rotherham.
2015-06-23 Tuesday Lawyers for Pinewood Studios warn Musgrave and Cartner regarding their continued usage of copyright material.
2015-06-25 Thursday Final PwC Report published. Critical of the previous TDC and offers suggestions on what still needs to be done.
29/06/15 Monday Chris Wells travels north to attend the Local Government Association meeting in Harrogate. En route meets with Niall Lawlor and Eric Schwartz of RiverOak at the Inn on the Lake, Watling Street, Gravesend, Kent DA12 3HB. See FoI request TDC 10/15
01/07/15 Wednesday Chris Wells visits Wynyard Park in Co Durham, and meets with representatives of both Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees Borough Councils. Subsequently attends a meeting at Stockton on Tees Council offices. See FoIs TDC 6/15, TDC 7/15, TDC 8/15 and TDC 9/15
03/07/15 Friday Cllr Wells attends a meeting at TDC offices, along with Deputy Leader, representatives from RiverOak, Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer. First time that the new Monitoring Officer has attended. General tone of meeting drastically changed and now negative towards RiverOak
16/07/15 Thursday TDC Council meeting. Leaders report – “There had been an extraordinary Cabinet meeting to discuss the future of the airport site, it was decided that there would be a review into the decision made in 2013” Cllr Bayford response “It was good that TDC had another chance to assess the suitability of River Oak as an indemnity partner. – The Leader described Manston as a two horse race at a recent Cabinet meeting which may have indicated a change in stance from the administration.” Leader response “There were two competing visions for the airport site. One vision used the existing asset, and the other began with the destruction of that asset. The Leader felt that the vision should incorporate using the existing asset.”
30/07/15 Thursday TDC Cabinet meeting
19/08/15 Wednesday Planning Committee meeting. Resolved that Members undertake a SITE VISIT(to view Building 870) in order to assess the situation
02/09/15 Wednesday The Town and Country Planning (Operation Stack) Special Development Order 2015 (2015 SI 1635) takes effect, in force until 1st June 2016. Amongst other things it imposes strict conditions on the use of the land and requires that the land must be restored to its condition immediately before 5th August 2015.
04/09/15 Friday Site visit to Building 870 by Planning Committee.
08/09/15 Tuesday Email to planning committee asking for further details of the site visit to Building 870
13/09/15 Sunday The only constructive response to this email. Concerns that the Committee had permitted lobbying by the applicant in the course of this site visit and that there had been other irregularities.
10/09/15 Thursday TDC Cabinet meeting No item regarding Manston but an indication of the overspend on the Dreamland CPO
16/09/15 Wednesday Planning Committee meeting, against officer’s advice Members resolved that “the application is brought back to Planning Committee on receipt of satisfactory specialist advice which confirms that the proposed extension to the building will not prejudice any potential future operation of an airport.”
18/09/15 Friday FoI 4/15. Request for details of who Cllr Wells talked to at Wynyard Park during his visit in early July 2015
20/09/15 Sunday Queries to Planning Committee from SMA Chairman
21/09/15 Monday Email chain between SMA member and Deputy Chair of Planning Committee. The standard of obfuscation to which the public in Thanet have become accustomed.
15/10/15 Thursday Full Council meeting. Leaders report: “There had been a move from negotiations regarding Manston Airport, to an open and transparent report on the facts which was expected to come before Cabinet on 29 October 15. This date was subject the availability of the Council’s legal consultant, who needed to be available to answer questions from Members”. Cllr Bayford “It was surprising that RiverOak still wished to be involved in Manston Airport after such a delay. If there were valid reasons not to pursue a CPO, then these reasons should be published.” Leader’s response “Information around Manston Airport would become clear in the report to be considered by Cabinet on 29 October “ Leaders of both Labour and DIG also spoke on this subject.
18/10/15 Sunday FoI TDC 6/15 Request to Hartlepool Borough Council for details of who Cllr Wells talked to at Wynyard Park during his visit in early July.
18/10/15 Sunday FoI TDC 7/15. Request to Stockton on Tees Borough Council for details of who Cllr Wells talked to at Wynyard Park during his visit in early July. It was subsequent to this that this message from Cllr Wells was received:

Your FOI to Stockton. If you make it clear you are only referring to the part of the visit that was in Stockton Council Offices, they could answer. The phrases you use could be read as encompassing other parts of the visit where Mr Scneider was not present. Regards Chris Wells” This was the first time that we became aware of this meeting.

21/10/15 Wednesday Planning Committee meeting. Resolved “That Members refuse the application as it did not comply with Thanet Local Plan Policy EC4 and CC1.”
29/10/15 Thursday Extraordinary TDC Cabinet meeting. no further action be taken at the present time on a CPO of Manston Airport, on the basis that RiverOak do not fulfil the requirements of the Council for an indemnity partner;
07/11/15 Saturday FoI TDC 8/15 Subsequent to Cllr Wells’s message, request To Stockton on Tees Borough Council for details of who Cllr Wells talked to at Stockton on Tees Borough Council offices during his meeting there in early July.
07/11/15 Saturday FoI TDC 9/15 Subsequent to Cllr Wells’s message, request to TDC for details of who Cllr Wells talked to at Stockton on Tees Borough Council offices during his meeting there in early July.
07/11/15 Saturday FoI TDC 10/15 Request to TDC for details of all meetings that Cllr Wells had in the period 29th June to 2nd July inclusive, whilst he was attending the AGM of the Local Government Association. We are aware of a meeting with RiverOak representatives whilst he was on his way to Harrogate; this has never been acknowledged publicly by anyone at TDC
17/11/15 Tuesday Extraordinary OSP meeting following call in of Cabinet decision of 29th October. Resolved to take no further action
23/11/15 Monday FoI TDC 11/15 Subsequent to the OSP meeting and with Cllr Wells still insisting that there were four alternative investors, a request to TDC for details. Monitoring Officer replied within 24 hours, saying that there had been no contacts. Subject to an Internal review at the moment.
26/11/15 Thursday Craig Mackinlay MP speaks in favour of Manston Airport during debate on the Airport Commission Final Report
27/11/15 Friday TDC Press release announcing a further soft market testing exercise
30/11/15 Monday Presentation for DCLG delivered to the Birchington office of Sir Roger Gale; copy for him as well.
02/12/15 Wednesday Meeting of the Constitution Review Working Party. Monitoring Officer attempting to change the rules governing OSP Procedures
03/12/15 Thursday SHP “consultation” at the Pegwell Hotel. SMA presence reports poor attendance
03/12/15 Thursday Full Council meeting
04/12/15 Friday SHP “consultation” at the Holiday Inn Express, Minster. SMA presence again reports poor attendance, and SHP delegated to a small room since the main hall was needed for a wedding reception. Mallon in attendance at this one.
09/12/15 Wednesday AMcC TDC FoI 10/15 returned, confirming that CW did meet with representatives of RiverOak whilst away at the LGA Annual Conference.
09/12/15 Wednesday Following more revelations regarding the financial problems at Dreamland, Sir Roger Gale MP asks the Government to step in
10/12/15 Thursday Cabinet meeting. Chris Wells was not there, Lin Fairbrass lead the meeting. Peter Campbell spoke out strongly against the airport, and in favour of development. A new PIN will be issued and a fresh soft marketing exercise started. RiverOak could re-apply, on a fresh playing field, but it is clear the rules will be strongly against overseas investors
11/12/15 Friday Nigel Farage answers question about Manston Airport on his weekly LBC show
11/12/15 Friday Email to Zac Goldsmith MP.
13/12/15 Sunday Radio interview (Lembit Opik) with Sir Roger Gale and Beau Webber.
14/12/15 Monday Sir Roger Gale speaks after statement from Patrick McLoughlin on Airport Capacity.
18/12/15 Friday RiverOak announce that they will be pursuing a Development Consent Order (DCO)
18/12/15 Friday Statement by Sir Roger Gale
19/12/15 Saturday Radio 4 Today programme. Segment on the ongoing problems that UKIP are experiencing. Includes vox pop from Helen Smith, Konnor Collins and Cllr Wells.
19/12/15 Saturday RiverOak expand on their previous statement and have re-confirmed that under their new program they continue to wish to support the development of the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum and the RAF History Museum, and will be hoping for expansion and an active apprentice program, so that they become “living museums,” with planes being actively worked on as part of the apprentice program
05/01/16 Tuesday RiverOak meet with 5 officers of the Planning Inspectorate at their offices in Bristol. The meeting was later described as “like a breath of fresh air” and that “positive progress had been made”
06/01/16 Wednesday Lothian Shelf (718) appeal the decision of the Planning Committee over Building 870 and also the non-determination of the other three applications.
11/01/16 Monday Manston DCO enters the pre-application stage and appears on the National Infrastructure Planning Portal
13/01/16 Wednesday Thanet District Council issue a further Prior Information Notice (PIN) regarding soft market testing
31/01/16 Sunday SMA Annual General Meeting. Speeches by Sir Roger Gale, Tony Freudman (including questions) and Alan Marsh.
09/02/16 Tuesday Closing date for expressions of interest in becoming an Indemnity party in a CPO with TDC
10/02/16 Wednesday Closing date for public comments on the Lothian Shelf (718) appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
1002/16 Wednesday Following an FoI request that reveals that TDC backtracked on Cllr Wells statement that there were four parties intrerested in becoming an Indemnity partner, members of SMA are interviewed by BBC SE News. Cllr Wells states that he “can’t be bothered”.
12/02/16 Friday Closing date for the submission of follow up questionnaires to TDC by interested parties
16/02/16 Tuesday TDC announce that there were five parties who expressed an interest in becoming Indemnity partners, of whom three have submitted valid questionnaires.
16/02/16 Tuesday At a session closed to the public the owners of the so-called Stone Hill Park make a presentation of their plans to Thanet District Council. Most Conservative and many UKIP councillors walk out.

17/02/16

Wednesday

Planning Committee meeting. Planning officer introduces his response to the appeals by Lothian Shelf (718) against their change of use applications. Committee vote in favour of his response, with one abstention. Also agreed to delegate the LIA regarding the Richborough Mast to officers.

Timeline.docx

Timeline

1

1916

 

Manston begins life as a Royal Naval station during First World War

2

1917

 

Four underground hangars and barracks for 3,000 men built

3

1940

 

Badly damaged during the Battle of Britain in Second World War

4

1943

 

Sir Barnes Wallis tests his bouncing bomb at nearby Reculver

5

1950

 

American forces operate from Manston for eight years

6

1960

 

Civil aviation firms take 700,000 people abroad in a year

7

1969

 

RAF helicopters leave and a civilian firm takes over

8

1988

 

Manston has its first air show in three decades

9

1989

 

Manston became Kent International Airport

10

1999

 

Closure of RAF Manston, but civil part of the airport remains

11

2004

 

EU Jet began scheduled flights in September 2004 to destinations such as Manchester, Edinburgh, and Dublin with a small fleet of Fokker 100 airliners

12

2005

 

All EUjet operations were suspended, along with all non-freight operations at the airport, owing to financial difficulties with the airport and airline's owner, PlaneStation

13

2005

 

The sale of Manston to Infratil, a company based in Wellington, New Zealand and owner of Glasgow Prestwick Airport, was completed on 26 August 2005.

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2012-11-14

Wednesday

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced double daily return flights between Manston and Schiphol Hub, Amsterdam, with onwards connections to the rest of KLM's network. The first flight was with a Fokker 70 on 2 April 2013.

15

2013-10-15

Tuesday

Infratil announced they would sell the airport to a company wholly owned by Ann Gloag, co-founder of Stagecoach Group.

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2013-11-29

Friday

Manston Skyport Ltd. took over the running of the airport.
Ms Gloag said: "
Whilst this is a loss making airport, I hope that with the co-operation of our neighbours and the wider community of Kent, the airport partners and staff, we can capitalise on the opportunities available to give Kent the best chance possible of having a successful and vibrant airport." She pledged to deliver "real potential for growth", and promised that she would commit to the airport for two years.

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2014-03-19

Wednesday

The government announced financial support for new air-routes from regional airports.

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2014-03-19

Wednesday

After a period of 5 months 2 weeks 2 days Ms Gloag announced that a 45-day “consultation” period into the closure of the airport had begun. KLM, Newmarket and cargo flights were forced to end. The Closure “Consultation” appears to have just been an exercise of “Informing”, mainly through the media. The key Airport Consultative Committee (KIACC) meeting during the closure “consultation” appears to have been deferred until after Manston Airport was closed.

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2014-04-09

Wednesday

The last KLM flight departed for Amsterdam. In all, about 48k passengers had been flown to and from Schiphol Hub, Amsterdam, and international destinations.

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2014-05-15

Thursday

Offer of full asking price by USA company RiverOak turned down. Manston Airport was shut by the current owner at 5pm. A large orderly demonstration took place at the airport. The airport closed at 5pm along with the loss of 144 jobs. A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was also issued at closure stating that the Aerodrome has been "completely withdrawn". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NOTAM

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2014-06-26

Thursday

A petition with about 7,700 signatures, to support a compulsory purchase order to preserve Manston Airport for aviation purposes, was presented to Thanet District Council (TDC) : “We the undersigned petition the council to make a compulsory purchase of Manston, Kent's International Airport. We would also like Thanet District Council to look into the possibility of members of the public to buy bonds into this purchase.” “In addition to the 3,361 persons who have signed the Epetition, 4,330 persons have validly signed a paper petition containing the same petition prayer as the Epetition.” So about 7,700, well over the required 1000 signatures necessitating a full council meeting.

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2014-07-07

Monday

£10m Government funding for a Thanet Parkway station possibly on the Manston Airport boundary announced by KCC.

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2014-07-09

Wednesday

TG Aviation, who have been at Manston Airport for 30 years, and have 50 years remaining on their lease, failed to gain an injunction in the High Court, which would have allowed them to use the runway. The full case will be heard “soon”.

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2014-07-10

Thursday

The full Thanet District Council (TDC) held a meeting about giving consent to the TDC Cabinet to investigate raising a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on Manston Airport, and this received nearly unanimous approval. Full notice of motion: “Council affirms its considerable disappointment at the recent closure of Manston as a regional airport. We recognise the public support for its continuation as an airport and endorse the steps taken to date towards that objective. Council urges all available options to that end be explored, including a detailed examination of the legal and financial implications of a Compulsory Purchase Order before a final decision is reached.”

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2014-07-17

Thursday

Kent County Council (KCC) held a Council Meeting, and unanimously supported :
Kent County Council supports the actions taken so far by Thanet District Council to retain Manston as a regional airport. We recognise the value that a regional airport brings to East Kent and are disappointed at its closure. Kent County Council will explore with Thanet District Council ways in which it can support proposals to retain Manston as an airport.”

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2014-07-17

Thursday

The same afternoon the TDC Cabinet held an extraordinary meeting about the CPO : "To inform the Cabinet of the timeline for identifying an indemnity partner in the event a CPO is sought for Manston Airport. To explain the process of a local authority bond issue." The council agreed to continue to investigate the CPO proposal.

27

 

 

The aviation minister, Robert Goodwill, has told the House of Commons that the department of transport is “more than happy to help with any Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licensing issues” relating to the future of Manston Airport.

28

2014-07-21

Monday

A petition was presented to 10 Downing St, by the Thanet MPs Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys, TG Aviation and the Save Manston Airport group. This petition had 26,524 signatures in support of re-opening Manston as a working airport : 16,552 online & 9,972 on paper : “We do not want Manston Airport to close! there are many good points to this site. We have flights on our doorstep, it will create more jobs and if the powers that be are thinking of spending money on improving rail networks for the area it will tie in nicely with Manston Airport.”

29

2014-07-23

Wednesday

Dover District Council unanimously voted to support the motion :
"
This Council supports the campaign to retain Manston as an operational airport, recognising the role and place it can have in the UK aviation industry, making better use of the regional capacity in accordance with the views of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, while making a significant contribution as one of the strategic priorities for regeneration of the East Kent area."

30

2014-07-24

Thursday

USA company RiverOak write a long letter with 2 legal addendums to TDC leader Iris Johnston, offering to buy/run the airport and fully cover purchase price and CPO costs. RiverOak state they have developed a long term plan to own and manage Manston as an airport.
We are firm in our belief that Manston has a viable future across many lines of air freight, aviation services including maintenance, recycling, private charter and commercial passenger services.”

31

2014-07-30

Wednesday

Airport operating equipment auction by the owner, about 700 lots. X-Ray baggage scanners have been sold, fire-engines and generators have been sold. Auction continued on 31st July

32

2014-07-31

Thursday

TDC Cabinet Meeting : The preliminary findings of an independent report (Stage 1) which consider the viability of Manston Airport were discussed. Cabinet accepted the report and have agreed the following:
The commissioned viability report will be shared with the airports owners.
Cabinet will instruct officers to proceed to Stage 2 of the viability assessment to develop a high level Business Plan – which would be necessary to support the Local Plan process and any potential future procurement for an appropriate investor/partner.
Cabinet will also instruct officers to undertake a market testing exercise to establish the level of interest, in line with the conclusions in the independent report – before starting a full procurement process.
(Note: This is the point at which RiverOak, who wish to buy the airport for aviation purposes, may formally enter the process by asking to be Indemnity Partner – i.e. the guys who pick up the tab.)
A decision regarding compulsory purchase of the airport will not be made until an Indemnity Partner is identified following the procurement process.

33

2014-08-06

Wednesday

TDC issued the Prior Information Notice (PIN). Forward planning allows the placement of a PIN in the journal and shortens the timescales. What does this mean in practice? Basically, the clock for the CPO process is now ticking. The CPO process can still be stopped, and stringent checks must still be made before the CPO is issued. TDC received a number of applications to be the Council’s Indemnity Partner for the CPO to return Manston Airport to Aviation use.  RiverOak formally submitted their wish to be recognised as the TDC indemnity partner.

34

2014-09-09

Tuesday

Ex Air Traffic Controller, staff and a tenant slam incompetent Manston management 

35

2014-09-25

Thursday

A further auction of vital operational equipment such as Control Tower, Airfield Lighting & Navigational Aids. Of very little value once removed, but leaves the airport unusable without a lot of hugely expensive work to reinstate them, and probably to calibrate and re-certify them. However we hear that the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has not sold, which is very good news.

36

 

 

It would appear that Ann Gloag has sold about three quarters of the airport to two property developers, Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner. They appear to have no interest in developing the Manston Airport as an airport (which it is still designated as) but appear to hope they will get permission to dig up the runway (which would currently bring about police intervention) and put in place “mixed development”. Thus the CPO now has to be served on 3 people, not one. We can find no record as to how much was paid, or indeed if there was a payment. All shares seem to still reside with Ann Gloag and her personal company.

37

2014-10-02

Thursday

A petition “No to Houses on the Manston Airport site” was presented to Thanet District Council leader Iris Johnston, during a large and very noisy but good natured rally on the TDC steps – about 10,000 signers in all, over 8,000 e-signers, about 2,000 on paper. Reported by BBC.

38

2014-10-16

Thursday

An interim report on the soft-market testing exercise to identify suitable indemnity partners to cover all of the associated costs of a CPO was taken to TDC Cabinet, a further rally taking place.

39

2014-10-24

Friday

Boet E. J. Kreiken, Managing Director KLM Cityhopper, wrote an impassioned letter to ex-Manston Air Traffic Controller, Andy Wilby, making it quite clear that KLM had been forced to leave Manston by the owners closing the airport, and repudiating the suggestion that it was KLM leaving that had caused the closure.

40

 

 

It is now clear that whereas 4 groups applied to be indemnity partner, at this stage only one remained. And although it has not yet been formally announced, from statements that have been made by TDC, it is clear that that possible Indemnity Partner can only be RiverOak.

41

2014-10-27

Monday

On the weeks Monday 27th October to Saturday 1st November, RiverOak flew into Kent, and held at least two meeting with TDC, and it is believed some with Government officials.

42

2014-11-01

Saturday

A “Meet & Greet” session was held between RiverOak and the pro-Manston Airport groups, at TG Aviation premises. Well reported in KM Thanet Extra.

43

2014-11-07

Friday

A television debate was proposed between Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner and a Manston supporter – Sir Roger Gale offered to take up the challenge at which point Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner backed out. Sir Roger gave a most impressive and hard hitting interview

44

2014-11-12

Wednesday

Hustings meeting – at Discovery Park, chaired by David Foley – Chief Executive, Thanet & East Kent Chamber – Manston Airport discussed – show of hands 95% in favour of Manston re-opening.

45

2014-11-18

Tuesday

2pm a meeting of the Kent International Airport Consultative Committee – incorrect minutes were released, with a number of important errors.

46

2014-11-18

Tuesday

Also at 7pm, TDC Full Council extraordinary meeting.

47

2014-11-27

Thursday

7pm, TDC meeting discussing the Local Plan.

48

2014-11-28

Friday

7:30am – breakfast hustings meeting, again chaired by David Foley. Candidates discussed questions regarding Manston – show of hands from businessmen etc. again about 95% in favour of Manston re-opening.

49

2014-12-01

Monday

KCC Cabinet meeting – removing support from Gatwick 2nd runway. Attended by SMA.

50

2014-12-02

Tuesday

KCC Growth Economic Development and Communities Cabinet Committee. 10:00 am – Dr Beau Webber gave 3 minute address on Manston Airport – 1hr 6m to 1h 12m

51

2014-12.03

Wednesday

TDC interim Officers’ report : MANSTON AIRPORT EXPLORATION OF CPO INDEMNITY PARTNER –  

52

2014-12-04

Thursday

7 pm – TDC Council meeting – Local Plan, but Manston discussed extensively.

53

2014-12-08

Monday

RiverOak’s Legal Team response to the TDC interim Officers’ report

 

 

 

RiverOak Open Letter to the Thanet District Council.pdf 

54

2014-12-10

Wednesday

7.00 pm – TDC Governance and Audit Committee; Item 12. Due Diligence Protocol.

 

 

 

Summary of TDC's Governance and Audit Committee meeting. 

 

 

 

RiverOak Submission sent to the Chairman of TDC's Governance and Audit Committee 

55

2014-12-11

Thursday

Iris Johnston visit to London to talk with Minister of State for Transport, The Rt Hon John Hayes MP.

56

2014-12-11

Thursday

7pm, TDC Extraordinary Cabinet Meeting. Item 3. Thanet Local Plan Preferred Options; Item 4. Manston Airport.

57

2014-12-16

Tuesday

TDC 5.00 pm Extraordinary, Council, Item 3. Manston airport

58

2014-12-16

Tuesday

Also 7.00 pm TDC Joint Transportation Board, Item 5. Thanet Parkway Railway Station

2015-02-02

Monday

Transport Select Committee – Smaller Airports and the closure of Manston. SMA attend Portcullis House TSC meeting.

2015-02-12

Thursday

Transport Minister John Hayes meets Iris Johnston & Madeline Homer to discuss future of Manston

2015-02-23

Monday

Transport Select Committee – Smaller Airports and the closure of Manston. SMA attend Westminster Palace TSC meeting.

2015-03-01

Wednesday

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin announces Conservative 5 point plan to reopen Manston

2015-03-05

Thursday

Transport Minister John Hayes announces appointment of PwC

64

2015-03-09

Monday

Final Report of Transport Select Committee – Smaller Airports published

65

2015-04-10

Friday

Transport Minister John Hayes announces a) new 1 year deal for Search and Rescue b) that he is satisfied with Riveroak as a suitable Indemnity partner. John Hayes also met Iris Johnston.

66

2014-04-10

Friday

Isle of Thanet Gazette reports that the Thales STAR 2000 radar equipment equipment has stopped working

67

2015-05-04

Monday

At the end of the General Election campaign the Prime Minister announces his wholehearted support for the reopening of the airport

68

2015-05-07

Thursday

General Election Sir Roger Gale and Craig MacKinlay elected. Council Election 33 UKIP, 18 Conservative, 4 Labour, 1 Independant

69

2015-05-21

Thursday

Extraordinary Council Meeting – Council vote to recommend that Cabinet “Review its position on Manston Airport” Voting: 52 for, 0 against, 4 abstained. 93% proManston CPO.

01/06/2015 18:19

Timeline.docx

Timeline

1

1916

 

Manston begins life as a Royal Naval station during First World War

2

1917

 

Four underground hangars and barracks for 3,000 men built

3

1940

 

Badly damaged during the Battle of Britain in Second World War

4

1943

 

Sir Barnes Wallis tests his bouncing bomb at nearby Reculver

5

1950

 

American forces operate from Manston for eight years

6

1960

 

Civil aviation firms take 700,000 people abroad in a year

7

1969

 

RAF helicopters leave and a civilian firm takes over

8

1988

 

Manston has its first air show in three decades

9

1989

 

Manston became Kent International Airport

10

1999

 

Closure of RAF Manston, but civil part of the airport remains

11

2004

 

EU Jet began scheduled flights in September 2004 to destinations such as Manchester, Edinburgh, and Dublin with a small fleet of Fokker 100 airliners

12

2005

 

All EUjet operations were suspended, along with all non-freight operations at the airport, owing to financial difficulties with the airport and airline's owner, PlaneStation

13

2005

 

The sale of Manston to Infratil, a company based in Wellington, New Zealand and owner of Glasgow Prestwick Airport, was completed on 26 August 2005.

14

2012-11-14

Wednesday

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced double daily return flights between Manston and Schiphol Hub, Amsterdam, with onwards connections to the rest of KLM's network. The first flight was with a Fokker 70 on 2 April 2013.

15

2013-10-15

Tuesday

Infratil announced they would sell the airport to a company wholly owned by Ann Gloag, co-founder of Stagecoach Group.

16

2013-11-29

Friday

Manston Skyport Ltd. took over the running of the airport.
Ms Gloag said: "
Whilst this is a loss making airport, I hope that with the co-operation of our neighbours and the wider community of Kent, the airport partners and staff, we can capitalise on the opportunities available to give Kent the best chance possible of having a successful and vibrant airport." She pledged to deliver "real potential for growth", and promised that she would commit to the airport for two years.

17

2014-03-19

Wednesday

The government announced financial support for new air-routes from regional airports.

18

2014-03-19

Wednesday

After a period of 5 months 2 weeks 2 days Ms Gloag announced that a 45-day “consultation” period into the closure of the airport had begun. KLM, Newmarket and cargo flights were forced to end. The Closure “Consultation” appears to have just been an exercise of “Informing”, mainly through the media. The key Airport Consultative Committee (KIACC) meeting during the closure “consultation” appears to have been deferred until after Manston Airport was closed.

19

2014-04-09

Wednesday

The last KLM flight departed for Amsterdam. In all, about 48k passengers had been flown to and from Schiphol Hub, Amsterdam, and international destinations.

20

2014-05-15

Thursday

Offer of full asking price by USA company RiverOak turned down. Manston Airport was shut by the current owner at 5pm. A large orderly demonstration took place at the airport. The airport closed at 5pm along with the loss of 144 jobs. A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was also issued at closure stating that the Aerodrome has been "completely withdrawn". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NOTAM

21

2014-06-26

Thursday

A petition with about 7,700 signatures, to support a compulsory purchase order to preserve Manston Airport for aviation purposes, was presented to Thanet District Council (TDC) : “We the undersigned petition the council to make a compulsory purchase of Manston, Kent's International Airport. We would also like Thanet District Council to look into the possibility of members of the public to buy bonds into this purchase.” “In addition to the 3,361 persons who have signed the Epetition, 4,330 persons have validly signed a paper petition containing the same petition prayer as the Epetition.” So about 7,700, well over the required 1000 signatures necessitating a full council meeting.

22

2014-07-07

Monday

£10m Government funding for a Thanet Parkway station possibly on the Manston Airport boundary announced by KCC.

23

2014-07-09

Wednesday

TG Aviation, who have been at Manston Airport for 30 years, and have 50 years remaining on their lease, failed to gain an injunction in the High Court, which would have allowed them to use the runway. The full case will be heard “soon”.

24

2014-07-10

Thursday

The full Thanet District Council (TDC) held a meeting about giving consent to the TDC Cabinet to investigate raising a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on Manston Airport, and this received nearly unanimous approval. Full notice of motion: “Council affirms its considerable disappointment at the recent closure of Manston as a regional airport. We recognise the public support for its continuation as an airport and endorse the steps taken to date towards that objective. Council urges all available options to that end be explored, including a detailed examination of the legal and financial implications of a Compulsory Purchase Order before a final decision is reached.”

25

2014-07-17

Thursday

Kent County Council (KCC) held a Council Meeting, and unanimously supported :
Kent County Council supports the actions taken so far by Thanet District Council to retain Manston as a regional airport. We recognise the value that a regional airport brings to East Kent and are disappointed at its closure. Kent County Council will explore with Thanet District Council ways in which it can support proposals to retain Manston as an airport.”

26

2014-07-17

Thursday

The same afternoon the TDC Cabinet held an extraordinary meeting about the CPO : "To inform the Cabinet of the timeline for identifying an indemnity partner in the event a CPO is sought for Manston Airport. To explain the process of a local authority bond issue." The council agreed to continue to investigate the CPO proposal.

27

 

 

The aviation minister, Robert Goodwill, has told the House of Commons that the department of transport is “more than happy to help with any Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licensing issues” relating to the future of Manston Airport.

28

2014-07-21

Monday

A petition was presented to 10 Downing St, by the Thanet MPs Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys, TG Aviation and the Save Manston Airport group. This petition had 26,524 signatures in support of re-opening Manston as a working airport : 16,552 online & 9,972 on paper : “We do not want Manston Airport to close! there are many good points to this site. We have flights on our doorstep, it will create more jobs and if the powers that be are thinking of spending money on improving rail networks for the area it will tie in nicely with Manston Airport.”

29

2014-07-23

Wednesday

Dover District Council unanimously voted to support the motion :
"
This Council supports the campaign to retain Manston as an operational airport, recognising the role and place it can have in the UK aviation industry, making better use of the regional capacity in accordance with the views of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, while making a significant contribution as one of the strategic priorities for regeneration of the East Kent area."

30

2014-07-24

Thursday

USA company RiverOak write a long letter with 2 legal addendums to TDC leader Iris Johnston, offering to buy/run the airport and fully cover purchase price and CPO costs. RiverOak state they have developed a long term plan to own and manage Manston as an airport.
We are firm in our belief that Manston has a viable future across many lines of air freight, aviation services including maintenance, recycling, private charter and commercial passenger services.”

31

2014-07-30

Wednesday

Airport operating equipment auction by the owner, about 700 lots. X-Ray baggage scanners have been sold, fire-engines and generators have been sold. Auction continued on 31st July

32

2014-07-31

Thursday

TDC Cabinet Meeting : The preliminary findings of an independent report (Stage 1) which consider the viability of Manston Airport were discussed. Cabinet accepted the report and have agreed the following:
The commissioned viability report will be shared with the airports owners.
Cabinet will instruct officers to proceed to Stage 2 of the viability assessment to develop a high level Business Plan – which would be necessary to support the Local Plan process and any potential future procurement for an appropriate investor/partner.
Cabinet will also instruct officers to undertake a market testing exercise to establish the level of interest, in line with the conclusions in the independent report – before starting a full procurement process.
(Note: This is the point at which RiverOak, who wish to buy the airport for aviation purposes, may formally enter the process by asking to be Indemnity Partner – i.e. the guys who pick up the tab.)
A decision regarding compulsory purchase of the airport will not be made until an Indemnity Partner is identified following the procurement process.

33

2014-08-06

Wednesday

TDC issued the Prior Information Notice (PIN). Forward planning allows the placement of a PIN in the journal and shortens the timescales. What does this mean in practice? Basically, the clock for the CPO process is now ticking. The CPO process can still be stopped, and stringent checks must still be made before the CPO is issued. TDC received a number of applications to be the Council’s Indemnity Partner for the CPO to return Manston Airport to Aviation use.  RiverOak formally submitted their wish to be recognised as the TDC indemnity partner.

34

2014-09-09

Tuesday

Ex Air Traffic Controller, staff and a tenant slam incompetent Manston management 

35

2014-09-25

Thursday

A further auction of vital operational equipment such as Control Tower, Airfield Lighting & Navigational Aids. Of very little value once removed, but leaves the airport unusable without a lot of hugely expensive work to reinstate them, and probably to calibrate and re-certify them. However we hear that the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has not sold, which is very good news.

36

 

 

It would appear that Ann Gloag has sold about three quarters of the airport to two property developers, Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner. They appear to have no interest in developing the Manston Airport as an airport (which it is still designated as) but appear to hope they will get permission to dig up the runway (which would currently bring about police intervention) and put in place “mixed development”. Thus the CPO now has to be served on 3 people, not one. We can find no record as to how much was paid, or indeed if there was a payment. All shares seem to still reside with Ann Gloag and her personal company.

37

2014-10-02

Thursday

A petition “No to Houses on the Manston Airport site” was presented to Thanet District Council leader Iris Johnston, during a large and very noisy but good natured rally on the TDC steps – about 10,000 signers in all, over 8,000 e-signers, about 2,000 on paper. Reported by BBC.

38

2014-10-16

Thursday

An interim report on the soft-market testing exercise to identify suitable indemnity partners to cover all of the associated costs of a CPO was taken to TDC Cabinet, a further rally taking place.

39

2014-10-24

Friday

Boet E. J. Kreiken, Managing Director KLM Cityhopper, wrote an impassioned letter to ex-Manston Air Traffic Controller, Andy Wilby, making it quite clear that KLM had been forced to leave Manston by the owners closing the airport, and repudiating the suggestion that it was KLM leaving that had caused the closure.

40

 

 

It is now clear that whereas 4 groups applied to be indemnity partner, at this stage only one remained. And although it has not yet been formally announced, from statements that have been made by TDC, it is clear that that possible Indemnity Partner can only be RiverOak.

41

2014-10-27

Monday

On the weeks Monday 27th October to Saturday 1st November, RiverOak flew into Kent, and held at least two meeting with TDC, and it is believed some with Government officials.

42

2014-11-01

Saturday

A “Meet & Greet” session was held between RiverOak and the pro-Manston Airport groups, at TG Aviation premises. Well reported in KM Thanet Extra.

43

2014-11-07

Friday

A television debate was proposed between Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner and a Manston supporter – Sir Roger Gale offered to take up the challenge at which point Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner backed out. Sir Roger gave a most impressive and hard hitting interview

44

2014-11-12

Wednesday

Hustings meeting – at Discovery Park, chaired by David Foley – Chief Executive, Thanet & East Kent Chamber – Manston Airport discussed – show of hands 95% in favour of Manston re-opening.

45

2014-11-18

Tuesday

2pm a meeting of the Kent International Airport Consultative Committee – incorrect minutes were released, with a number of important errors.

46

2014-11-18

Tuesday

Also at 7pm, TDC Full Council extraordinary meeting.

47

2014-11-27

Thursday

7pm, TDC meeting discussing the Local Plan.

48

2014-11-28

Friday

7:30am – breakfast hustings meeting, again chaired by David Foley. Candidates discussed questions regarding Manston – show of hands from businessmen etc. again about 95% in favour of Manston re-opening.

49

2014-12-01

Monday

KCC Cabinet meeting – removing support from Gatwick 2nd runway. Attended by SMA.

50

2014-12-02

Tuesday

KCC Growth Economic Development and Communities Cabinet Committee. 10:00 am – Dr Beau Webber gave 3 minute address on Manston Airport – 1hr 6m to 1h 12m

51

2014-12.03

Wednesday

TDC interim Officers’ report : MANSTON AIRPORT EXPLORATION OF CPO INDEMNITY PARTNER –  

52

2014-12-04

Thursday

7 pm – TDC Council meeting – Local Plan, but Manston discussed extensively.

53

2014-12-08

Monday

RiverOak’s Legal Team response to the TDC interim Officers’ report

 

 

 

RiverOak Open Letter to the Thanet District Council.pdf 

54

2014-12-10

Wednesday

7.00 pm – TDC Governance and Audit Committee; Item 12. Due Diligence Protocol.

 

 

 

Summary of TDC's Governance and Audit Committee meeting. 

 

 

 

RiverOak Submission sent to the Chairman of TDC's Governance and Audit Committee 

55

2014-12-11

Thursday

Iris Johnston visit to London to talk with Minister of State for Transport, The Rt Hon John Hayes MP.

56

2014-12-11

Thursday

7pm, TDC Extraordinary Cabinet Meeting. Item 3. Thanet Local Plan Preferred Options; Item 4. Manston Airport.

57

2014-12-16

Tuesday

TDC 5.00 pm Extraordinary, Council, Item 3. Manston airport

58

2014-12-16

Tuesday

Also 7.00 pm TDC Joint Transportation Board, Item 5. Thanet Parkway Railway Station

2015-02-02

Monday

Transport Select Committee – Smaller Airports and the closure of Manston. SMA attend Portcullis House TSC meeting.

2015-02-12

Thursday

Transport Minister John Hayes meets Iris Johnston & Madeline Homer to discuss future of Manston

2015-02-23

Monday

Transport Select Committee – Smaller Airports and the closure of Manston. SMA attend Westminster Palace TSC meeting.

2015-03-01

Wednesday

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin announces Conservative 5 point plan to reopen Manston

2015-03-05

Thursday

Transport Minister John Hayes announces appointment of PwC

64

2015-03-09

Monday

Final Report of Transport Select Committee – Smaller Airports published

65

2015-04-10

Friday

Transport Minister John Hayes announces a) new 1 year deal for Search and Rescue b) that he is satisfied with Riveroak as a suitable Indemnity partner. John Hayes also met Iris Johnston.

66

2014-04-10

Friday

Isle of Thanet Gazette reports that the Thales STAR 2000 radar equipment equipment has stopped working

67

2015-05-04

Monday

At the end of the General Election campaign the Prime Minister announces his wholehearted support for the reopening of the airport

68

2015-05-07

Thursday

General Election Sir Roger Gale and Craig MacKinlay elected. Council Election 33 UKIP, 18 Conservative, 4 Labour, 1 Independant

69

2015-05-21

Thursday

Extraordinary Council Meeting – Council vote to recommend that Cabinet “Review its position on Manston Airport” Voting: 52 for, 0 against, 4 abstained. 93% proManston CPO.

01/06/2015 18:19

Francesca’s Letter to Ann Gloag

This is Francesca for those that don’t know her. This is her story…….

My Daddy use to work at Manston for 25 years until the lady Ann Gloag closed it. I was very upset to hear this and was at many of the meetings with my Daddy and Mummy. I use to wear my t-shirt and it hurt to know that my Manston family would be split up.

Lots of people may not know but I wrote a letter to Ann Gloag and Sir Roger gave it to her….. I got a letter back and it had a picture of her castle on it. Mummy tried a few times to even speak to her but she wouldn’t. Mummy use to say to me it will be alright nobody will hurt us. But Ann Gloag did.

It took a long time for my Daddy to find a job to the point he was going to have to leave us and we would only see him twice a year. Daddy is still here with us but I don’t see a lot of him as he goes to work when I’m a sleep and gets home when I’m asleep. He doesn’t get to see my school plays but it doesn’t matter as I know Daddy is at work.

Dan and Keith let me speak on the microphone at one of the rallies and I cried. I don’t like going down to the airport as I know its hard for my family. I miss Manston and my Manston family……..

Before anyone says anything Francesca did say all this to me, I just typed it. Francesca use to cry herself to sleep. She is still upset about that day and went through a lot for a six year old all due to that woman they want to make a film about, figure that one out! This really is though guys and gals not a political issue which it is becoming. It is more like David and Goliath. We as a family cannot thank everybody enough for what you are doing. Xx

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2015-02-23 Select Committee on Transport

We have a confirmation on the HoC website :

Parliamentary business for Monday 23 February 2015

4.05pm

Transport

Subject: Smaller airports

Witness(es): Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport
Location

Room 16, Palace of Westminster

http://services.parliament.uk/calendar/#!/calendar/Commons/SelectCommittee/2015/2/23/events.html

SMA are taking a coach-load of supporters up (plus others on the train and joining us in London). We aim to meet around 2pm on Abingdon Street Gardens for photos (like before) then 3pm go into HoC via Cromwell entrance.

2015-02-02 – SMA give evidence at Select Committee.

The House of Commons Select Committee on Transportation is holding an investigation into Smaller Airports, and  held the first oral session (not the Manston one) Monday 19th January at 4:15pm.

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/transport-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/smaller-airports-inquiry/

On 2nd February they  held a special Committee Meeting on Manston Airport, and the Save Manston Airport group were invited to give verbal evidence to the Select Committee, as was Sir Roger Gale. (We have already given written evidence.)

Three classes of people were “invited” to give evidence to the Select Committee :

The Business teams – Owners:  Ann Gloag – possibly Pauline Bradley and possibly Cartner and Musgrave – RiverOak – Party B;

The Politicians – KCC, TDC, Sir Roger;

The People – No Night Flights,  Why Not Manston, Save Manston Airport.

Written Submissions :

http://www.savemanstonairport.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Submissions-to-Select-Committee-Smaller-Airports.pdf

Oral Submission Transcript :

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/transport-committee/smaller-airports/oral/17966.pdf

Webcast :

http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=17183

As you can see, the owners were savaged …..

Cabinet Meeting to discuss Manston Airport

On Thursday 16th October, at 7pm, TDC Cabinet led by Iris Johnston will be meeting to hear the TDC officers’ reports concerning the application that have been received to be Indemnity Partner, and to consider their reccommendations to full council.

The Cabinet Ministers are :

Council Leader Iris Johnston

Councillor Richard Nicholson

Councillor Rick Everitt

Councillor Mike Harrison

Councillor Elizabeth Green

Councillor David Green

 This meeting will be open to the public, and there will be a pro-Manston Airport rally that evening, starting from 6pm.

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