The government will appoint a consultant to undertake a review of the process so far on decisions about the future of Manston Airport, Transport Minister John Hayes announced today (5 March 2015).
The Kent airport closed on 15 May 2014 and Thanet District Council has subsequently been seeking a deal to secure its future.
The Prime Minister made a commitment to do everything he can to help. Creating more jobs so more people have the security of a regular wage is a part of the government’s long-term economic plan for South Thanet, and Manston Airport has a vital role to play.
John Hayes was at Manston today to meet those at the heart of the process, including leader of Thanet District Council Iris Johnston and local MP Roger Gale.
John Hayes said:
I recognise the strong interest in keeping Manston Airport open which is why the government is leaving no stone unturned in the battle to secure its future.
Today I can confirm my department will appoint a well-established consultant to review the process so far on decisions about the airport’s future. While it is down to Thanet District Council ultimately to agree a deal, the government is doing everything possible to support them in finding a way forward.
The council considered the suitability of a compulsory purchase order on the site, but was unable to agree a suitable indemnity partner. The Department for Transport will now commission an independent consultant to review the process on its behalf.
An invitation to tender for this work will be issued tomorrow, 6 March.