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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The nasty niceties of planning

TDC cannot choose whether or not to decide that this proposal requires planning permission.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Dream Council

This is what happens when a local council throws its weight into the fight against night flights, on behalf of the residents.

Laura Sandys gets political

Politics is the worst thing that ever happened to democracy, and I only realised this since getting involved in local community campaigns like this one.

It's disheartening when political spin and point-scoring produce more heat than light, warming the hearts of political supporters without showing a way forward. (This criticism is emphatically not levelled at Laura alone, not by any means - they're all at it, most of the time, usually when there are better things to be doing.)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Good night to night flights?

The report that TDC commissioned is very critical of Manston's proposal. See the Readers Digest version at

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Friday, 20 January 2012

Flybe, Manston, night flights and the truth

We wondered whether night flights would have made a difference to Flybe's decision to quit Manston. So we asked them.

Had the lack of scheduled night flights made Manston less attractive? Would scheduled night flights have persuaded Flybe to stay?  

Thursday, 12 January 2012

CPRE says night flights at Manston will not boost business

Quite the reverse in fact - the campaign group says night flights could actually damage Thanet’s economic growth...

Saturday, 7 January 2012

The Red Sparrows

A bunch of firemen from Basingstoke in little planes made of bits of bicycle and cardboard who perform death-defying stunts with less than realistic props.

Like a tribute band, but much, much sillier.


Friday, 6 January 2012

Foley's Folly

David Foley, the Chief Exec of Thanet & East Kent Chamber Ltd, actually believes Manston's sales patter. Unfortunately.