Back in February RiverOak told The Department for Transport that if they turn Manston into an airfreight hub there will possibly be some night flight.
Here is what they actually said which is published on the DFT website at https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/TR020002/TR020002-Advice-00003-1-160223_Manston%20Airport_Project%20Meeting%20Note_Final.pdf
“The night time curfew was discussed; RiverOak noted that night time landing is permitted if the planes have not been scheduled. RiverOak indicated that it was possible that some night flights would be required. RiverOak confirmed that noise control and mitigation would be a key part of their environmental study and consultation process.”
Now RiverOak have put up a statement about night flights on their website at http://www.riveroakinvestments.co.uk/riveroak-dispels-night-flight-myths/ saying:-
“RiverOak investments would like to dispel the myth that 18 flights a night are planned for Manston Airport under our proposals. The reference, which is being wilfully misused in media interviews, can be found on pages 134-5 of our Environmental Scoping report and relates purely to the accepted methodology for assessing the significance of noise disturbance at night and certainly not to any plans that we have for Manston Airport.
We know that the reintroduction of airport operations is of concern to some residents and so we are committed to being absolutely transparent at every stage of the DCO process to enable the community in East Kent to make informed decisions on our proposals. Indeed, it is for this reason that our environmental studies will be so thorough and will be published for consultation, along with all other aspects of our proposals, as soon as they are ready.
RiverOak Investments urges any local residents with questions about any aspect of our proposals to come along to our remaining informal consultation events this week, starting today in Herne Bay from 14.00-20.00 at the Kings Hall, to talk to members of our expert team, including Amec Foster Wheeler who are undertaking the environmental assessment.”
My take on this one is that what RiverOak have said to The DFT is likely to be the most realistic appraisal of what is likely to happen. With respect to RiverOak’s own website, it is a case of stuff there has gone up and subsequently been deleted.
The other issue that came up last time night flights were on the table is what time constitutes night time?
However this one pans out it will be noise and particulate air pollution that we need to keep an eye on.
Their uk website http://www.riveroakinvestments.co.uk/ seems now to be entirely about Manston and making me wonder if there is till any connection between the two companies.
With the RiverOak websites the American one has seen some changes in the last few days with managing director Tony Freudmann and some others vanishing along with Niall Lawlor and the rest of their press releases. So has all mention of their investment in European Airports, here is the link to their American website http://www.riveroakic.com/