Manston Airport - the controversial tragedy.
Talks to discuss the future of Manston Airport collapsed as politicians from all parties walked out in protest of a meeting held at Thanet District Council. The meeting was convened in order to discuss proposals for a way forward on the highly contentious issue of the airport's future, with details of the Compulsory Purchase Order, that those desperate for it's reopening are seeking, expected to be discussed.
Instead, the meeting lasted only five minutes with only vague suggestions on possible alternatives to the 2500 homes that is proposed for the future, on what is now known as Stone Hill Park. The meeting broke down with politicians citing party politics and spin as barriers to a successful discussion.
The closure of Manston Airport in 2014 is an emotive issue, not just for those that work there but for the majority of the local community, with over 90% of the public being in support of the re-opening of the airport. Sadly this breakdown of talks does them no favours in bolstering support in an attempt to rescue the historic site from it's fate as another UK airport closed for development.