Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Manston Airport update from the leader of TDC
The expressions of interest were due by the 29th August but officers extended to 5pm on Monday to accommodate a late entry.
Madeline will update Cabinet and Cllr Bayford as Leader of the main opposition on Friday and a report will be prepared for the a Cabinet meeting of 16th October. I will update other Leaders at our monthly meeting.
Depending on the outcome of all of this stage I would want a decision at Full Council.
Mrs Pauline Bradley representing Mrs Gloag and I have just had a telephone conversation and she advises that the future of the site is still a priority .
The 'four and a half to five weeks ' planned exciting announcement mentioned to me by Mrs Gloag on the 31st July has passed. However Pauline explained that the August holiday time has caused perhaps another few weeks delay. Mrs Gloag will be back from abroad at the weekend and Madeline is also seeing a representative of theirs next week.
TDC have acted absolutely properly in all of this from the announcement of proposed closure in March to receipt of the petition in July and ever since.
The examining the extension of the Enterprise Zone first mooted by Cllr Hart is on going with many conversations with the Dover Leader and Kent and Medway Economic partnership. The business case has to be made and officers and myself are progressing.
I am still urging Sir Roger to reconvene the Taskforce which hasn't met since Clive went to London months ago. I will again ask on Friday when I see him as without Government intervention over and above kind words we are going to have problems.
The Select Committee will also need a submission from us and Sir Howard Davies failure to specifically mention Manston in his report last week is disappointing.
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