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1. Consultation overview
Thanet District Council was asked by Infratil to comment on
their proposals for regular night-time flying at Manston
Before drafting a response, Thanet District Council wanted
to give members of the public an opportunity to have their say
on the proposals.
The feedback from this consultation will then be used, along
with the findings of an independent assessment to help draft
the council's response to ensure it takes into account the
views of local people.
Legal advice has confirmed that, at this stage, the council is
only being asked to provide a response to the proposals and the
council is not in a position to make a decision on the
night time flying policy at this stage.
2. Background information
The proposals were submitted by Infratil, owners of the airport,
on 27 October 2011 and included an aircraft noise assessment report
and economic assessment, which are technical reports explaining the
implications of the proposal.
After receiving the documents from Infratil, the council then
commissioned specialists Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd, to carry out an
independent assessment of the proposals and technical details to
review the environmental and economic impacts. This report
was submitted to the council’s Community Services Manager, Madeline
Homer on Thursday 19 January and was completed by specialists,
Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd.
3. When was the consultation carried
The consultation was open from Friday 3 February to Friday 2
4. Who was consulting?
Thanet District Council was consulting on proposals received
from the owners of Manston Airport, Infratil.
5. Who was consulted?
This consultation was open to all members of the public as well
as Town and Parish Councils, Chambers of Commerce, Community and
Residents Associations and Special Interest Groups established in
Please note - responses received from residents within the
Canterbury City Council boundary were shared with Canterbury City
6. How was the consultation carried out?
7. How was the consultation promoted?
The consultation was promoted across the district to ensure
that as many people as possible were made aware.
8. What were the results?
2,275 responses were received, which included a full address and
The majority were opposed to the
implementation of regular night-time flying, with approximately 73%
opposed, 26% in favour and 1% not clearly stating a
The main reasons given by those who were
Those in favour stated the reasons for their
support as including:
9. What happened next?
Before submitting a response to Infratil on the proposals,
Councillors considered the following things:
1) The results to the public consultation
2) The findings from the Independent Assessment from Parsons
3) The proposals from Infratil
Councillors considered each of the above at the
10. What was the council's response?
Members took three votes on recommendations
from Cabinet (following their meeting on Thursday 10 May). All
three recommendations, as detailed below, were approved:
a) The council’s
consultation shows 73% of respondents are opposed to night-time
b) Noise and environmental
impacts are underestimated;
c) The number of jobs
generated and the economic benefits may be overestimated;
d) The probable detrimental
impact of night-time flying on Thanet’s recovering Tourism
e) Concerns raised in the
World Health Organisation’s assessment of the impacts of disturbed
f) There is concern
that the night-time flying proposals have not considered Article 8
of the Human Rights Act;
g) The Airport would need to
address whether the proposed night-time flying policy constitutes a
‘plan or project’ for the purposes of the Habitats Regulations and
then follow the further requirements of those regulations as
3. That Council authorises the Director of Community Services in
consultation with the Leader of the Council to provide final
written comments to Manston Airport incorporating any amendments
View the minutes of the Extraordinary Full Council
meeting held on 24 May 2012.
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