Thanks to the ongoing efforts of Thanet MPs Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys, the option of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) being used to ensure the survival of Manston as an operating airport is a real possibility.
The Conservative Group at Thanet District Council supports this initiative and urges the Thanet Labour Group to move quickly to progress it before it is too late.
Conservative Group Leader, Cllr Bob Bayford said: “These are exceptional circumstances and we must consider all options to ensure that we keep Manston as an operational airport for Thanet. A CPO has the potential to achieve this and I am disappointed that yesterday Cllr David Green, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, appeared to dismiss it. I urge Cllr Johnston and her colleagues not to ignore this opportunity, to treat this proposal with the seriousness it deserves and use it to try to save our airport.”