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Manston night flight protesters give council a wake-up call

By Thanet Times  |  Posted: May 22, 2012

  • Campaigners are fighting night flights at Manston airport

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ONE hundred campaigners against night flights at Manston airport turned out to present the council with a petition of 2,800 names – wearing just their nighties.

The No To Nightie Flighties protest took place on Thursday at Thanet council's Cecil Square offices in Margate.

The petition were handed to Labour councillors by former Dr Who actress Janet Fielding.

The names, gathered by the No Night Flights group, were submitted ahead of this week's Thanet council vote on whether to support plans for up to eight flights between 11pm and 7am at Manston airport.

Ms Fielding said: "We're here to offer our support to the council for next week's crucial meeting to vote against allowing night flights at Manston.

"Along with the health and environmental issues surrounding night flights, there are potentially disastrous consequences for Ramsgate's recovering tourism industry which needs to be protected. Who will want to stay in a hotel with planes flying over all night? This needs to be investigated in full."

The petition and the submission for the night flights, made by the owners of Manston airport, will be discussed at an extraordinary council meeting on Manston Airport Night Time Flying Policy on Thursday.

Thanet council's Labour cabinet has already voted not to support night flights, which airport owners Infratil claim are vital for the future of the airport.

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  • CasandraR  |  May 27 2012, 5:55PM

    After a long struggle we have now obtained the recognition that the majority of residents in Thanet do not want Night Flights and now the Council have agreed and sided with us. We were right to fight for the people of Thanet and the council backed us at the TDC meeting last Thursday. Now we can focus on getting Thanet greener, cleaner, safer and quieter at night. Hoping this will promote more tourism into the area and also preserve our wildlife who would also have sufferd from the noise of the planes throughout the night, not to mention the pollution it would have caused every living thing. We once had the cleanest air to breathe in the whole of england, I am sorry to say we have lost that standing but we could get it back if we all tried.

  • HardupNative  |  May 23 2012, 10:56AM

    Manston is used by third world freight companies. A few year ago such an aircraft crashed due to pilot error near Standstead in a field at night. http://tinyurl.com/7byy4vv Having watched Aircrash Investigations on Discovery, I researched the case and found that the same incident at Manston would have had the plane crash on the urban area of Ramsgate with a huge number of casualties.