Looking at the various pro and anti airport, night flights and so on comments that always abound when I post about the airport, I wonder if the message the asking price for Manston, now in the £7m is now very close to the price of agricultural land is hitting home.
Infratil the airports owners have now said they
are considering funding alternative uses for Manston, see http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/121236/infratil-may-consider-investment-in-british-airports
perhaps some sort aircraft museum is the way to go.
We certainly have plenty of aviation history in
the area and it is increasingly looking as though Thanet’s economy is moving
towards a day out and short break tourism based economy, particularly in the
realms of art.
The airport today covers about 700 acres this is
about £70,000 per acre compared with the average price of farmland in the
southeast of about £50,000 per acre, with Manston losing about £2,000,000 the
sums are not that difficult.