Thanet Star

Is Gloag scaring away Manston investors?

Thanet's Liberal Democrats say that investor interest in Maston is sufficient to give the airport Airport another go but keeping it closed is doing a lot of harm.

The Liberal Democrat Thanet Team are calling for the owner of Manston Airport to reopen the airport and create the confidence necessary for investors to come in.

The demand from a team that includes significant expertise in this area comes amid indications that potential investors are now shying away from Manson because it has been closed.

Investors see the airport is no longer operational and worry that it's future is (as a result) uncertain which is the point at which previous enthusiasm for Manston proposals starts to evaporate.

A business plan by the local chamber of commerce shows that Manston airport financially viable and that opportunities do exist. The Thanet and East Kent Chamber of Commerce's recently produced business plan is available for serious investors to scrutinise in a confidential way but for all the good that is doing the closure is too off putting.

Reacting to the news that Manston Airport might be turned into a Garden City, Russ Timpson said Dressing up a massive urbanisation programme with green credentials will not fool people. This is quite contrary to what people want and have so clearly expressed over the past months. We support the Compulsory Purchase Order route, not necessarily as a permanent solution, but to put the airport back on track for private business to take it seriously.

With all political parties working together everything is in place to bring in investors. Everything that is except an open airport.

Saving Manston Airport belongs to the People, not to a single political party, said George Cunningham. The involvement of Labour's Iris Johnston as well as our own international investor contacts mean that new opportunities are being brought to the table in a genuine all-party push to solve the issue.

George Cunningham is the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Thanet. Russ Timpson is the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for South Thanet. Quotes come from a statement on Manston Airport by the Liberal Democrat PPCs for North and South Thanet.

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