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.