Sunday, 1 March 2009

CONSULTING THE PUBLIC ON MANSTON AIRPORT EXPANSION

Thanks to everybody who has commented on my post on Friday evening on the Kent International Airport Working Party. I agree that meeting at 5pm on a Friday was not ideal aa it meant I was late from work. The latest work of the Airport Working Party will be reported to the Overview and Scrutiny Panel. This meets at 7pm in the Council Chamber at Thanet Town Hall on Tuesday 10th March.

Reflecting further Thanet Council did not plan for much interest on the Airport as the meeting was held in the Austen Room which holds about 25 people. With 5 councillors and 4 officers present this did not leave much space bearing in mind how many people have expressed interest in Manston Airport expansion.

The next problem will be getting the Overview and Scrutiny Panel’s Agenda arranged to facilitate public involvement. Normally working party reports are taken towards the end of the meeting. This means the item could be discussed anytime between 8.30pm and 10pm from my experience. If you want to come I suggest you telephone or email Thanet Council and advise that you are coming for this particular item. That way the Chair Cllr. Bob Bayford (pictured) may be able to bring this item forward, and save you sitting through items that may be of less interest. I’ve found Bob to be flexible and accommodating.

More details of the meeting will be posted here on Thanet Council’s website some time next week.

5 comments:

  1. LET MANSTON GET ON WITH THE JOB IN HAND AND THATS RUNNING AN AIRPORT, WITH A CHANCE OF A GOOD CONTRACT POSSIBLE ,THE DONT NEED PEOPLE GETTING IN VOLVED.GOOD LUCK MANSTON

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  2. I think Manston needs all the help it can get. Infratil have failed to meet their stated objective of breaking even in three years. How much longer will the main board agree to underwrite the losses?

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  3. I think TDC need all the help they can get - they're responsible for the controlled development of an airport two miles from a town with a population of 25,000 people.

    If TDC show they are capable of this, they will get all the backing they need. However, holding unadvertised meetings hardly fills us with confidence.

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  4. No monitoring of noise and air pollution, no monitoring of the s106 agreement, no plan for a major pollution incident, no facts just fantasy about job creation and a council that doesn't appear to give a sh*t. Welcome to Sandy and Roger's banana republic in the wild east. Let's hope Infratil go down the pan.

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  5. Anon 13.05 SHOUTING is unnecessary, no scrutiny will not work.
    Anon 15.52 then I trust they will make themselves available asap to speed up the process.
    Anon 12.44 I agree about public confidence, this was thoughtless not malicious but nonetheless a regrettable error.
    Anon 14.08 Strong but ignorant views, is that why you chose to remain anonymous? If you criticise individuals why not give your name?

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