I understand some people, and almost all councillors and MP's, support Manston.
I do not based on all the information I’ve seen.
As MP I will close the airport.
And, whether you support an airport or not – the simple fact is Manston cannot be expanded due to the pollution impacts.
Infratil have operated the airport in the most cavalier and deliberately underhand manner.
TDC and KCC have wilfully assisted them and misled the public.
Airports are the largest and most complex and dangerous piece of infrastructure outside of a nuclear power station. And they cause cancer.
The public of Thanet face real danger from the TDC and Infratil abuses at ManstonGate.
My 2nd task with Chief Executive Bunnett is to immediately suspend all flights to and from Manston, withdraw CAA status and request Kent Police are stationed at the aircraft, terminal and gates.
Matt Clarke the 27 year old Kent airport Chief Executive should have his passport witheld while he provides Police statements on the 106 breaches and pollution.
I will not seek criminal charges for the Gang of Four at this stage.
Airport staff will be retained on full wages, and Infratil’s assets seized as necessary to fund wages, retrospective fines and pollution clean-up costs.
Infratil and Manston are a complete scandal removing noise and air monitors, refusing to provide mobile monitors and fudging the figures as well as deliberately breaching all the 106 safeguards.
I will request Kent Police and Special Branch issue a warrant for the arrest and extradition of Steve Fitzgerald the Infratil Europe CEO and request that Infratil Prestwick and Lubeck are subject to Police investigation based on the ManstonGate scandals.
A formal complaint to SEEDA, SEERA, CAA, EA and GOSE for failed Planning will be submitted in Parliament.
I will commission a formal report detailing “The ManstonGate Failures” for the Parliamentary Transport Committee to help inform the airport and climate change debate, the abuses of Infratil and aviation methodologies and local government. And request proper NHS guidelines for UK airports and the “Cancer Circle” of birth defects, genetic disorders, asthma and cancers.
Manston is a failed RAF base. A failed passenger airport and a failed cargo airport – 20 miles from Ostend Cargo Airport and built on the towns’ drinking water supply.
ManstonGate is Kent plumbing the depths of incompetence and scandal and is now kept open as a political white elephant to prevent yet another failed Council policy in Thanet being confirmed.
Our councillors and MP's have failed the public.
I will close Manston - and create more and better jobs.
Outline redevelopment opportunities are: return to farmland providing jobs in brownfield site clean-up, improving the death-trap perimeter road, a 2012 Olympic swimming pool and water park using the natural aquifers, and a mini-Kings Hill for more jobs. I will also ask for a feasibility report on providing a free Summer Coach for passenger flights from Gatwick for 2 years.
I cannot stress enough the abuses and dangers posed by Infratil and Manston to date.
I will close the airport.
Time for Change.
Tomorrow: Policy #3: Clean-up Thanet and ChinaGate.