Two days ago Manston Airport was sold to housing developers and it looks like TDC are actually considering letting them build.
The buyers are Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave. These are (some of) the gentlemen behind the Discovery Park deal at the Pfizer site in Sandwich. However Ms Gloag is not entirely out of the picture having sold them only a majority stake.
In reaction to the announcement of the sale Thanet's Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates George Cunningham and Russ Timpson said that the news
should not deter Thanet District Council pressing ahead with the CPO process.
The local Chamber of Commerce has prepared a carefully-costed business plan which shows Manston can be made viable again. A move which has wide ranging public support but less political will to make it happen.
The nature of the "sale" means that if house building goes ahead Ms Gloag still gets her payday but that now she has less risk and stronger allies. Something that might be giving Thanet District Council second thoughts over the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) of Manston.
Indeed these new owners have said
the airport has closed, the equipment has been sold and it will not reopen. Something that many in Thanet feel is an unacceptable attitude that amounts to sticking your tongue out, thumbing your nose and saying "ner-ner, we've got the airport and there's nothing that you can do."
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