Manston Airport plans prove UKIP lives up to its promises
A £100 million investment plan to revive aviation at Manston Airport in Kent would not have been possible without the tireless campaigning of UKIP councillors, according to the party’s transport spokesman Jill Seymour.
An American logistics company has today unveiled plans to acquire the 750-acre site, and use it as a base for at least a dozen aircraft.
Representatives for the un-named investment company are due to discuss the prospects of Thanet District Council becoming a partner in a compulsory purchase order for the site.
“This is fabulous news. UKIP insisted two years ago that it was the only party which would work to save Manston, and we are delivering on our promises,” said Mrs Seymour.
“News of this potential investment is testimony to the tireless campaigning, lobbying and hard work of the UKIP team on the ground in Thanet under Councillor Chris Wells, the leader of the council.
“Our councillors have worked hand-in-hand with other groups, including Supporters of Manston Airport (SUMA) and Save Manston Airport (SMA) – this is a triumph for collaboration, determination, and co-operation.
“While UKIP is vilified by the political points-scoring of other parties, our elected representatives are simply getting on with the job, and making things happen.
“I’m delighted there could be a viable future for Manston Airport, and I will watch the developments with interest and enthusiasm over the coming weeks.
“This is a fabulous local asset, and it would be a terrible tragedy if it was to be lost purely through a lack of political willpower.”
The American logistics company already has operations in Europe, and is being represented in the discussions by German-based consultancy DTD Consult.
It says the company is looking for a base initially to relocate 12 aircraft belonging to clients currently at a European location, and regards Manston as having advantages because of its access to London and the Channel ports.
Dale Crawford, spokesman for DTD Consult, told Kent Online: “There is a clear commercial need for additional airport capacity in the South East.”