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3 Months Ago they promised a CPO

Three months ago the new TDC arrived with promises of a compulsory purchase of Manston. So what's happened?

Aside from a very public falling out in the Tory Party between the MP for Thanet North and the leader of KCC nothing much has changed.

Meanwhile, Thanet District Council have issued a few fines (about two hundred in Margate and next to none anywhere else) and made very little difference. Many of those brand new councillors were and are members of one of the pro-manston activist groups so one might be forgiven for thinking that there might have been efforts made to progress the CPO, if it has legs.

So what is happening exact?

Are the council that was elected capable of taking a definitive action (one way or the other) regarding Manston?

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Are Manston owners about to go bankrupt?

Strong doubts have been expressed over the ability of the current owners of Manston Airport to continue due to massive debts.

Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave brought a majority share in Manston from Stage Coach owner Anne Gloag but their company (Wynyard Park Limited), shows debts of over £30m. This debt is for the financial year ending 2014 and auditors have expressed expressed doubts about the groups ability to continue, say the BBC.

A spokesman for the company has claimed that they have since paid off that huge debt and are, all evidence to the contrary, a great success.

This news calls into question the ability of Stagecoach's Ann Gloag and Wynyard Park's duo to afford to build something worthwhile on the airport site.

At the same time one has to wonder how strongly they can actually afford to resist a competent Compulsory Purchase of the site.

Only time will tell.

What do you think will happen?

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Sales Madness at Tesco

A sharp eyed reader spotted this image of sales madness at Westwood Cross at 1:30am.

I would not want to be one of the poor checkout assistants working this shift.


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Is Manston costing us jobs?

Rumour has it that a company in Kent will be leaving at a cost of 300 jobs because they need to be near an airport.

At this stage all I have is social media rumour and talk but is anyone able to provide anything more solid in terms of information?

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Are TDC about to back out of Manston?

Have TDC have rolled over for big business and house building at Manston?

Manston Airport

Not even twenty-four hours after Thanet Star asked if there was a u-turn in Labour policy on Manston news has emerged of a u-turn on Labour policy on Manston.


Iris Johnson the Labour leader of TDC has suggested in an ITV interview that she might not CPO against the new owners if they can produce jobs for Thanet in sufficient numbers.

However Kent News reports that the Manston CPO is still underway. Furthermore the TDC website suggests that the CPO study is still under way, at least for now.

So is Ms Johnson telling us that TDC are just going through the motions to keep the peace with this CPO?

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