UPDATED: The Great Strike Off

Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave, former owners of Discovery Park

It would appear that Trevor Cartner and Joseph (Chris) Musgrave have a better perception of their future in Kent than their spokesman, Ray Mallon. In the past few months, a number of their concerns have had applications for voluntary strike-off submitted.  Whilst not all of these are linked to Manston Airport, and the reasons for strike-off are not suggested, it would appear that they are starting to focus their attention – hopefully away from our Airport.

Strannex Ltd

This company was used as a placeholder for the ‘Stone Hill Park’ name before the Manston Airport site was handed over to the regeneration specialists.  It was listed for voluntary strike-off action last year, which was cancelled.  But now it is planned for strike-off again, of which action should complete after 18th September 2017.
Update (09/10/17):  Strannex Ltd was dissolved on 03 October 2017.

HUTC Ltd

The role this company plays is unclear, but its directors are Pauline Bradley and Trevor Cartner, and its shareholding is split between Cartner and Highland and Universal Investments Ltd (Pauline Bradley and Ann Gloag).  It features in the joint venture agreement for the Flaxby Park project.  Strike-off action should complete after 13th August 2017.
Update (17/10/17): Dissolved.

Adriatic Property Ltd

We doubt this company is linked to Manston, more than likely, an attempt to start dealing in property in Eastern Europe.  Trevor Cartner and one other listed as directors, with strike-off action due to complete after 25th September 2017.
Update (10/10/17): Dissolved.

Highland Global Transport Ltd

Of interesting note is this company, which has filed for Insolvency in Scotland.  With Pauline Bradley and Ann Gloag as directors, this company is the ultimate parent for all the operation surrounding Manston Airport, holding 100% of the shares in both Manston Skyport Ltd and Highland & Universal Land Ltd.  With this in mind, the sale of these shares will inevitably now form part of a liquidation package as part of the insolvency process, so we could potentially see new proxy owners of the concern.  We wait to see what happens with this…
Update (09/10/17):  Highland Global Transport Limited have transferred their shareholding in Manston Skyport Ltd to another of Ann Gloag’s investment vehicles, Gloag Investments Group Limited.  No action has yet been reported on the shareholding in Highland & Universal Land Ltd.
Update (09/11/18): Finally dissolved.

Legacy Real Estate Ltd

This company, directed by Cartner and Musgrave, had links to the Flaxby Park joint venture agreement.  Only incorporated in 2015, it was dissolved on 2nd May 2017.

and one to keep an eye on…

Bambino Land Trust.  Not a registered company, but has visible links to both Flaxby Park and Invicta Asset Management Ltd (which is an 80% shareholder in Stone Hill Park Ltd).  Corporate land trusts are often set up, at least according to Wikipedia, “to compile large tracts of land without arousing suspicion or alerting people to their plans (which would cause the asking price to rise)”.

You can stay up to date with the Manston Airport Organogram.  All of this information is freely available in the public domain from Companies House (external link).

Cartner & Musgrave “sell” Discovery Park

Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave, former owners of Discovery Park

Local media (Kent Online, Kent Live & Kent News) are today reporting that the owners of the Discovery Park site in Sandwich have “sold” their shareholding in the Park, in order to concentrate on their plans for Manston Airport.

Kent Online states:

“Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave are selling their shareholding in Discovery Park in Sandwich to investment company Discovery Park Estates Limited.”

Documents filed with Companies House yesterday state that Simcha Asher and Bernard Spitz have been made directors of Discovery Park Limited (DPL).  They are both directors of Discovery Park Estates Limited.  It is assumed that additional documents will be filed removing the responsibilities of Messrs Cartner and Musgrave as directors of DPL.

It is important to note that Messrs Cartner and Musgrave still hold some control of the site through their shareholding in Parkserve Ltd, the company which “manages the site on a day-to-day basis”.

Discovery Park has been widely criticised by campaigners for failing to stimulate new business at the site, rather to entice relocations of existing companies.  Whilst the owners claim 2,500 people are employed at the site, some 700 of these work for Pfizer, who were original owners of the site until 2012.

It has also come under fire for offering accomodation to Instro Precision, a company which campaigners from East Kent CAAT (Campaign Against the Arms Trade) claim is owned by Elbit Systems, whose products were used to kill people in Gaza in 2014.  Instro Precision were initially meant to be located at Manston Airport by the Discovery Park owners, stating that there was no other space suitable for them.

This latest action by Messrs Cartner and Musgrave could be seen to be deflecting future problems that Discovery Park may face, as they would hold fewer responsibilities in law as shareholders than they would as directors.

Update: 22 Nov 2016

Documents filed with Companies House on 16 November confirm that Chris Musgrave, Trevor Cartner and Ray Palmer have been de-registered as directors of Discovery Park Litd.