Thanet MPs Welcome Manston Commons Inquiry
lobbying by Thanet MPs Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys, the Transport Select
Committee have announced an inquiry into Smaller Airports with a particular focus
The inquiry will explore the role of Manston Airport and its place in the UK aviation
The Committee may collect evidence from a number of sources, including Thanet
District Council, Kent County Council and the current owners of the site. Ms
Gloag herself may be asked to give evidence.
The timetable for the inquiry has not yet been set but is now likely to
commence after the Summer recess.
Sir Roger and Laura have said:
We are very pleased that our colleagues on the Transport Select Committee have
listened to our concerns and will be holding this very necessary inquiry.
We both remain convinced that Manston airport has an important
contribution to make to the future of the UK freight and passenger market
and our expectation is that this inquiry will justify that belief.
Though the fight for compulsory purchase continues locally, the more we can do
to get Westminster and Whitehall thinking about Manston the better, and this
powerful Select Committee inquiry is an important part of our efforts to boost
it up the national agenda.
To that end also we met, at the start of the week, with Sir Howard Davies whose
commission is conducting a separate inquiry into runway capacity in the South
East. That meeting was constructive and productive and we believe that Sir
Howard`s observations will provide important input into both the Select
Committee inquiry and any public inquiry that may follow the imposition of a
Compulsory Purchase Order by Thanet District Council.
We are also saddened, but not surprised, that TDC`s meeting with Ms. Gloag has
once again demonstrated that Ms. Gloag has an agenda that does not coincide
with the wishes of the people and their elected representatives of Thanet. A
Compulsory Purchase Order is the correct response to that contempt for public
opinion and we stand behind all those District Councillors, of all parties, who
are prepared to take the necessary course of action that Ms Gloag has herself