Campaign for Rural England (KENT)
As the flawed and non-compliant RSP consultation nears its end, more and more voices have been raised in objection to their proposals.
The Campaign for Rural England(Kent) has been forthright in condemning the plans to establish a major cargo hub on the old Manston site. Submitting their own consultation response to RSP’s consultation, they have made it clear that they oppose the plans.
“We are concerned that the environmental and social impacts of noise and air pollution outweigh the claimed economic benefits. In contrast, the opportunity to convert this brownfield site to mixed commercial and residential use offers more realistic employment opportunities and would help of safeguard the best quality agricultural land which would otherwise be required to meet Thanet’s objectively assessed housing need.”
Key words here are ‘claimed’ and ‘realistic’. Time and again the claims of RSP and their predecessors, RiverOak, have been found completely lacking in credibility. Instead, CPRE here talks about the ‘realistic’ prospects of the owners’ plans. This speaks volumes.
Director Hilary Newport said
“We don’t think a new airport here would provide any overall social or economic benefits, and there is a real danger of converting the site into an airport is that is highly unlikely to be viable, and would therefore again become a blight on the area, and retard the more useful, and economically and socially beneficial uses for another decade.”
CPRE Kent also considers the negative impact of night flights on surrounding communities to be unacceptable.
The consultation period closes on 23rd July. You can read the CPRE consultation response here.
Go to the CPRE page here.
Ramsgate Town Council
Ramsgate Town Council (RTC) is submitting its own response to the RSP consultation and has made it clear that it ‘strongly disagrees’ with the proposal. Councillors overwhelmingly agreed that the business case was flawed and that it did not provide residents with sufficient information on which to make an informed judgement. They also were critical of the consultation process itself. Councillors made clear their views that the proposal would not have positive social and economic benefits for the area. With regard to scheduled night flights between the hours of 11pm and 7am, RTC strongly condemned any prospect of these, as outlined in RSP’s documentation.
There is a strong UKIP majority on RTC, we welcome the fact the majority of councillors, who strongly supported an airport at Manston as part of their 2015 campaign, have been able to consider the evidence objectively and reject RSP’s plans.