Concerns about proposed flight paths in and…

Concerns about proposed flight paths in and out of Manston when (if) it reopens for air freight
2020-08-08 10:47:00
Development consent was finally granted in July, by the government, for a freight air cargo hub at Manston. The Thanet site is owned by RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) which now has to complete the various stages of the Civil Aviation Authority CAP 1616 process for airspace change. RiverOak is currently on ‘stage 2’, known as the develop and access gateway.  But CARMA, the Campaign Against the Reopening of Manston Airport, has questioned the lack of transparency of the process so far.  They have drawn particular focus on the planned flight paths, claiming 30 towns and villages will be impacted. There are illustrations of some proposed flight paths, arrivals and departures, in the RSP documents. These show many areas of east Kent being overflown, for the first time.  CARMA is very concerned that these routes have been drawn up, without information for, or consultation with, the public.  Relevant community representatives have not been being properly informed. At the best of times, the CAA flight path alteration process is difficult for laypeople to understand, with “CAP1616 process” and “design options” and “airspace design principles” and “technical and operational interdependencies” among other bits of jargon, which are not written in “plain English.” .Tweet       Thanet: Full story behind those ‘secret’ proposed Manston Airport flight paths Development consent was finally granted last month for a freight air cargo hub by the Secretary of State for Transport Manston Airport is on course to reopen as a £330 million freight air cargo hub. The Thanet site is owned by RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP), who last month received development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport. For the project to go ahead, RiverOak must complete the seven stages (14 steps) of the Civil Aviation Authority CAP 1616 process for airspace change. RiverOak is currently on ‘stage 2’, known as the develop and access gateway. But CARMA, the Campaign Against the Reopening of Manston Airport, has questioned the “secrecy” and transparency of the process so far.  http://thecarma.co.uk/ They have drawn particular focus on the planned flight paths, claiming 30 towns and villages will be impacted. The proposals for the departures and arrivals from the airport have been illustrated in RiverOak’s options development document, which can be viewed here.   This figure shows the proposed Runway 28 Left-Hand Departures detailed in the RiverOak options development document (Image: RiverOak)  Within it, RiverOak lays out seve

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