Ramsgate Town Council’s view of RSP’s proposals

A No Night Flights’s member enquired via FOI request as to Ramsgate Town Council’s (RTC) view of RSP. In 2017 RTC submitted this:

RIVEROAK STRATEGIC PARTNERS MANSTON AIRPORT 2017 CONSULTATION

The committee considered the consultation feedback form and the responses below were RESOLVED to be sent to River Oak Strategic Partners;

Q1 To what extent do you agree with our proposals for Manston Airport?

Strongly Disagree.

Q2 Do you have any comments on our Outline Business Case for reopening Manston Airport?

There is a serious lack of information; no costings of how this will be delivered in funding terms; no details of who will deliver the project; Ramsgate Town Council challenges the methodology used by Sally Dixon which states that there is a lack of freight capacity in the south-east regional airports, as it believes this to be adequate.

Q3 Do you have any comments or suggestions about how we could maximise the social and economic benefit of reopening Manston Airport?

As Ramsgate Town Council strongly disagrees with the business case it does not believe that there will be any social nor economical benefits of reopening Manston Airport as a cargo hub.

Q4 Do you have any suggestions about how we could support the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum and the RAF Manston History Museum?

Ramsgate Town Council is aware that the current owners have gifted the land to the two museums and expect this to be honoured as well as the current footprint of the land as gifted.

Q5 Do you have any comments or suggestions about the potential impacts of the Project and our proposals to limit them?

Ramsgate Town Council considers there to be a lack of information for the mitigation proposals mentioned; no noise assessments; no flight path details; no environmental impact studies. Ramsgate Town Council believes this to be based on old out of date information and not on projection.

Q6 Do you have any comments on the possibility of limited night flights at Manston Airport?

Ramsgate Town Council considers night flights to be unacceptable as it is proven that residents living under flight paths experience damage to health. Ramsgate Town Council considers scheduled night flights to be unacceptable between 11 pm and 7 am.

Q7 Do you have any other comments about our proposals for re-opening Manston Airport?

Ramsgate Town Council considers there to have been insufficient consultation of Ramsgate residents; insufficient evidence of impact on highways, including Lord of the Manor; HGV movement impact; information on pollution from that many aircraft movements; no information on the teardown facility and what it will look like; misleading and contradictory information; information misleading on the number of jobs created locally; insufficient information on the impact on the Local Plan.

Ramsgate Town Council considers there to have been insufficient consultation of Ramsgate residents; insufficient evidence of impact on highways, including Lord of the Manor; HGV movement impact; information on pollution from that many aircraft movements; no information on the teardown facility and what it will look like; misleading and contradictory information; information misleading on the number of jobs created locally; insufficient information on the impact on the Local Plan.

NNF is glad that the town council that represents the majority of people most severely impacted by RSP’s proposals are firmly against them.

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