Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Manston Night Flights - An Open Letter to Clive Hart
The headline in today's Thanet Times, 'Labour's 'NO' to flights at night', leads many to believe the policy of Thanet Council's Labour Group is now one of total opposition to 'any' night-time flying activity at Manston airport.
If this is the case, I am disturbed and surprised. Most of your group have previously accepted, and voted for, some night time activity. The fact that the current s.106 agreement, which was drafted and approved under the previous Labour administration, made specific provision for a future night-time flying policy and demonstrates Labour's consistency over the past decade. Indeed, the working party which oversaw the drafting of this agreement included some of your current and most senior councillors.
For the sake of clarity, I formally invite you to publicly declare your position. This needs to be a simple 'Yes' or 'No' to the question ' Does the Labour Group on Thanet District Council completely rule out night-time flying activity at Manston Airport?'
At the moment, the 'No to Night Flights' lobby appear to believe you are solid supporters of their position. The remainder of the Island's population deserves to know whether this volte face is really true.